Chairman of the Elcano Royal Institute since 28 March 2012.
Emilio Lamo de Espinosa (Madrid, 1946) has doctorates in Law from Madrid’s Universidad Complutense and in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1979), where he furthered his studies from 1972 to 1975.
On returning to Spain he became Lecturer (1977) and then Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Complutense (1982). He was Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of California-San Diego and has lectured at many other universities, both in Spain and elsewhere.
In 1982 he was appointed Director General for Universities and subsequently first Secretary General of the Universities Council, being responsible for drawing up the University Reform Law (1983).
During the 1992 Seville EXPO he was entrusted with researching Spain’s image abroad for the study ‘La Mirada del Otro’, having subsequently expanded the project by focusing on countries such as Italy, Germany, France, the UK, the US and Japan.
He was Director of the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset from 1992 to 2001 and was a founder and first Director of the Elcano Royal Institute (2001-05). He has furthermore been Chairman of the Spanish Sociology Federation (2007-09), of which he is currently an honorary member, and member of the Research Committee of the European University Institute (European University Florence).
At present he is a member of the Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Vice-president of the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos, and trustee or board member of a number of foundations (Fundación Ortega-Marañón, Fundación Real Instituto Elcano, Fundación Botín, Fundación Príncipe de Girona, Fundación Transición Española, Fundación Barcenillas, and Fundación Fernando Pombo).
He has written 22 books, more than 100 scientific papers and around 400 press articles. In 1996 he was awarded the Premio Internacional de Ensayo Jovellanos for his book Sociedades de cultura y sociedades de ciencia (Ediciones Nobel, 1996) and he is the author (along with S. Giner and C. Torres) of the most widely-used dictionary of sociology in the Spanish language (Diccionario de Sociología, Alianza Editorial, Madrid). His latest publication, as Coordinator, is Europa después de Europa (Madrid, 2010). He has supervised 14 doctoral theses, four of which were awarded Extraordinary PhD Prizes.
He has been awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the University of Salamanca (2012).