Evan Willis was born in Hawera, New Zealand in 1952. First undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, N.Z with Honours (1973), Willis went on to complete a MA in Sociology (1976), before moving to Monash University in Melbourne where he completed his PhD (1984). Recognising his excellent doctoral scholarship, Willis received the Jean Martin Award for best PhD thesis in social theory and research. His academic career started with junior positions at the University of New England and Monash, before being appointed Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Monash University. From here, Willis moved to La Trobe in 1986, progressing to Professor of Sociology in 2002. During this time he has also worked as visiting professor and scholar in the UK and Canada. Willis’ research interests stem across the fields of occupational health and safety, the sociology of health and Illness and the sociology of work and occupations. He has published widely in these areas, contributing as author and editor to eight books including Medical Dominance (1989) and the multi-edition The Sociological Quest first published in 1999 (including both North American and Norwegian adaptations) , as well to a significant number of books chapters and journal articles. Willis has also offered his expertise in numerous health policy initiatives in Australia especially in the field of medical technology assessment , and made extended contributions within the administrative side of sociology in Australia. From 1992-7 he was head of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on the Albury Wodonga campus of La Trobe. Willis’ most recent academic post was as Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean (regions) Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.