I gave a seminar to the Institut für Soziologie at the University of Graz (Austria), on Recent Developments in Multilevel Modelling.
While in Graz, I did some work with Markus Hadler on the Environment module planned to run in 2020, as part of the International Social Survey Programme. I'm very excited about the new module, which we'll be talking about more later this spring at the ISSP annual meeting in Guadalajara.
I attended a small conference in Köln about a likely journal special issue on "International Comparative Social Research." I was the invited discussant on a paper by my previous collaborator Alex Schmidt-Catran, who recently became a professor at the University of Mannheim.
I attended the third workshop of the Robert A. Pastor North American Research Initiative, held this time at the University of Ottawa.
As part of the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, in Montreal, I was on an author-meets-critics panel about Carl-Henry Geschwind's wonderfully titled new book A Comparative History of Motor Fuels Taxation, 1909–2009: Why Gasoline Is Cheap and Petrol Is Dear.
I participated in a workshop in London, which has now led to a funding call from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council on Trust and Global Governance.
A short commentary paper written with Andy Bell at Sheffield and my old colleague at Bristol, Kelvyn Jones, came out in the journal Quality & Quantity. Kelvyn was a major -- maybe the biggest -- reason I learned so much about multilevel modeling while I was at Bristol. Andy was a PhD student there, under Kelvyn's supervision, and I examined his dissertation.
I was formally installed as a professor at Umeå University as part of the institution's annual ceremony, or Årshögtiden. As part of that, I was featured in the local newspaper (paywall), particularly as regards how I ended up in Umeå. At the ceremony, there was a video presentation of each new professor, and you can see the one about me (in Swedish) here. To translate for non-Swedish speakers, the voiceover says: "Malcolm Fairbrother, like most sociologists, spends most of his working hours thinking ahead to the evening's grocery shop, and drinking coffee."
The middle of this month saw me formally begin my career as a professor at Umeå University.
I also started as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology.
And I was one of three international examiners for a PhD completed at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, by Pablo Christmann. I first became aware of (and very enthusiastic about) Pablo's project when I was a visiting researcher at UPF in 2015.