Steven Vertovec is former Director of COMPAS (2003-7). He is currently Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity based in Gottingen, and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Göttingen, Germany.
He is a social anthropologist and the author of books such as ‘The Hindu Diaspora’, as well as editor or co-editor of numerous volumes including ‘Islam in Europe’, ‘Migration and Social Cohesion’ and ‘Conceiving Cosmopolitanism’.
Steven was Director of the ESRC Research Programme on Transnational Communities (1997-2003). Earlier he was Principal Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations 1994-7. He has held research fellowships at the University of California, Free University Berlin, and Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin.