Anthony Giddens is one of the world’s leading sociologists whose many books have had an enormous influence across the social sciences and humanities. He is particularly well-known for his theory of structuration and for his work on modernity and its consequences, self-identity and the transformation of intimacy. His influence has spread well beyond the academy through his development of the idea of the 'Third Way' in politics, an idea that was taken up by New Labour in Britain and by social democratic parties throughout the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His research and writing continues to explore the most pressing social and political issues of our times, most recently the future of Europe and the politics of climate change. A former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Giddens has been a member of the House of Lords since 2004.