School of Social and Political Science

Edinburgh professor named one of the world’s most influential sociologists


Professor Donald MacKenzie was ranked 22nd in Academic Influence's 25 Top Influential Sociologists Today list, for his work on science and technology issues.

Academic Influence employs machine learning to measure the impact of work produced by academics.

Based on its ranking methodology, focused on the number of citations and web presence, Professor MacKenzie was identified as having had a significant impact on the academic discipline of sociology within 2010-2020.

Researching science and technology’s role in the world

Professor MacKenzie is a researcher in the sociology of science and technology, exploring how they shape the modern world.

He has studied diverse topics, from the history of statistics to nuclear weapons systems and finance. He was awarded the University of Edinburgh’s Chancellor's Award from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the University’s Chancellor, in 2006 for his work in the sociology of science and technology.

Currently, Donald’s research is focusing on two topics:

A leader in the field

Professor MacKenzie has provided leadership through his work on the Scientific Advisory Board for Sciences Po; the UK Economic and Social Research Council; the Society for the History of Technology; and as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Teaching at the University of Edinburgh

In addition to his research, Donald supervises PhD students at the University of Edinburgh, in fields ranging from the sociology of science and technology to economic sociology, and the social studies of finance.

Find out more

Read the article on the Academic Influence website

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