It is with great sadness that we have heard about the recent death of John Urry. The official announcement from Lancaster University along with a range of tributes can be found here. Over the years John published a series of pieces in Theory, Culture & Society, as well as editing some key special issues and writing for our book series. This is in addition to being a warm friend and supporter of the journal. In the coming weeks we hope to be able to share that work and to celebrate his contribution both in the journal and on this website. To begin this process we thought that we would post two videos that we think capture John’s vibrancy, his generous manner and his intellectual foresight. The first is a video of a recording of a session from the 2011 British Sociological Association annual conference in which John discusses aspects of his work and responds to questions about the future of social scientific work.
The second is a short film that John recently produced for TCS in which he, along with David Tyfield, introduces and discusses a typically far-reaching special issue of TCS on ‘Energy & Society’ which he coedited.