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Mark Griffiths

University of Nottingham, UK

Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at the Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He is internationally known for his work on behavioural addictions has published over 820 refereed research papers, five books, 150+ book chapters and over 1500 other articles. He has won 21 national and international awards for his work. He also does a lot of freelance journalism and has appeared on over 3500 radio and television programs, and written over 350 articles for national and international newspapers and magazines.

David Hodgins

University of Calgary, Canada

Pekka Sulkunen

University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor emeritus of sociology, University of Helsinki. President of the European Sociological Association2011-2013, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. His research interests are the public sector governance, power and democracy, social theory, and addictions. First author of an international collaborative book Setting Limits. Gambling, Science and Public Policy, with., Babor, T., Cisneros Örnberg, J., Egerer, M., Hellman, M., Livingstone, C., Marionneau, V., Nikkinen, J., Orford, J., Room, R. and Rossow, I. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018). Other recent publications include The Saturated Society (Second Edition 2016); Society on its own. The sociological promise today (European J. of Cultural and Political Sociology 2014); Autonomy against Intimacy (Telos 156/2011); The Kurdish Question: The Black Holes of Democracy (Telos 171/2015). The Consumer Society and the Social Bond: the Neoliberal Turn in Norway (2015); The Images Theory of Addiction (2015). Currently lecturing on “The sociological promise from the Enlightenment to Postmodern Critics”.

Samantha Thomas

Deakin, Australia