Professor Emeritus Thomas Acton (Consultant)

Thomas Acton, MA, DPhil (Oxon.), FRSA, OBE
Emeritus Professor of Romani Studies, University of Greenwich,
Visiting Professor, Corvinus University, Budapest
Senior Research Fellow, Buckingham New University

Private Office: Landing Office West, North Wing, Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 9 NS

Tel 01277 355993



1955 – 1965: Brentwood School, Essex: 12 O-levels, 3 A-levels, 2   S-Levels
1966 – 1969: Trinity College, Oxford, Minor Scholarship: B.A.Hons.  (Second Class) PPE
1969 – 1972: Nuffield College, Oxford, SSRC Scholarship: D.Phil. in Sociology and M.A., 1974
1978 – 1987: Polytechnic of Central London, PT. Cantonese Chinese


Reasonable: English, French, German, Kalderash Romani, Anglo-Romani, spoken Cantonese,
Basic communication: Irish Traveller Gammon/Shelta, Latin;
Dormant: Russian

Professional Experience

2010 : Emeritus Professor

1997 : Professor of Romani Studies

1994 : Promoted to Principal Lecturer Grade, University of Greeenwich

1989 : Reader in Romani Studies, Thames Polytechnic

1981 : Senior Lecturer (by promotion) in the Sociology of Social Policy, Thames Polytechnic.

1977- 81: Lecturer Grade II, Thames Polytechnic.

1974 – 77: Research Fellow in Social Policy, Thames Polytechnic.

1973 – 74: Part-Time: Supply Teacher , I.L.E.A. & Revision Tutor Dartford CFE

1973 – 74: Full-Time: Manager, Justin de Blank Provisions Ltd. London SW1.

1970 – 73: Part-time: Various Oxford Colleges: Tutoring and revision class lectures.

1966: Full-time A. Driver and operative, Crown Cleaners,  Brentwood, Essex.

B. Assembly line worker, H.Moeller, Bonn, West Germany.

Recent Publications

Research Interests

Romani Studies, Sociology of Health, Social Policy for Older People, Chinese fishing and canal-boat communities.

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