...studied Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, 1954-1961.

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He held several positions in marketing and labor market research from 1961 till 1968, when he became head of the methodology section of SISWO (Netherlands Universities' Institute for Coordination of Research in Social Sciences) - a function he kept until his pensioning per October 15, 1998.

He (co-)edited several volumes in both fields, alienation theory and research on the one hand and general systems theory/cybernetics on the other, often combining these two approaches as he did in his PhD. thesis "Alienation Theories: A General Systems Aproach" (Oxford, Pergamon Press, 1980), which he defended in 1980 (see below).

His edited volumes on alienation derive from sesssions of the Research Committee on Alienation Theory and Research (RC36) at successive World Congresses of Sociology (1974, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994) of the ISA, which he (co-)organized. He was a long-time secretary (1972-1982 and 1987-1988) of this Research Committee, and its president from 1988 until 1994. From January 1983 until January 1987 he was Executive Secretary of the ISA (International Sociological Association), and hence temporarily stepped down as RC36 secretary to prevent a conflict of interests.

In 1970 he was one of the founders of the Dutch Society for Systems Research, and fulfilled several board functions there until recently. He organized, or co-organized together with RC51 member Johannes van der Zouwen, Sociocybernetics Sections at the triannual WOSC-congresses in Amsterdam (1978), Mexico City (1981), Paris (1984), London (1987), New York (1990), and Bucharest (1996 - our famous Bucharest conference). In 1995 he became secretary of our then still Thematic Group (TG02), which became a Working Group in November 1996 (WG01), and finally was promoted to Research Committee (RC51) at the recent Montreal World Congress of Sociology.

Some 20 articles and some 20 chapters in books, plus the following edited

1. R.F. Geyer and D. Schweitzer (eds.), Theories of Alienation - Critical Perspectives in Philosophy and the Social Sciences. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Social Sciences Division, 1976 (340 p.)
2. R.F. Geyer and J. van der Zouwen (eds.), Sociocybernetics (2 vols.). The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Social Sciences Division, 1978 (312 p.)
3. J. Berting, R.F. Geyer and R. Jurkovich (eds.), Problems in International Comparative Research in the Social Sciences. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1980 (180 p.). Japanese translation: Tokyo: Tuttle-Mori Agency, 1988.
4. R.F. Geyer, Alienation Theories: A General Systems Approach. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1980 (201 p.)
5. R.F. Geyer and D. Schweitzer (eds.), Alienation: Problems of Meaning, Theory and Method. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981 (283 p.)
6. R.F. Geyer and J. van der Zouwen (eds.), Dependence and Inequality - A Systems Approach to the Problems of Mexico and Other Developing Countries. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1982 (326 p.)
7. R.F. Geyer and J. van der Zouwen (eds.), Special Issue on Sociocybernetics. Kybernetes, 13(3), 1984
8. R.F. Geyer and J. van der Zouwen (eds.), Sociocybernetic Paradoxes - Observation, Control and Evolution of Self-steering Systems. London/Beverly Hills/New Delhi: SAGE, 1986 (224 p.)
9. R.F. Geyer and D. Schweitzer (eds.), Alienation Theories and De- Alienation Strategies - Comparative Perspectives in Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Northwood, UK: Science Reviews, Ltd., 1989 (368 p.)
10. R.F. Geyer and J. van der Zouwen (eds.), Self-referencing in Social Systems. Salinas, CA: Intersystems Publications, 1990 (201 p.)
11. R.F. Geyer (ed.), The Cybernetics of Complex Systems - Self- organization, Evolution and Social Change. Salinas, CA: Intersystems Publicatons, 1991 (257 p.)
12. R.F. Geyer and W.R. Heinz (eds.) Alienation, Society, and the Individual. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1992. Also appeared as triple issue of International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 11(6-8), 1991 (256 p.)
13. R.F. Geyer (ed.), Alienation, Ethnicity, and Postmodernism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996
14. R.F. Geyer (ed.), Sociocybernetics: Complexity, Dynamics, and Emergence in Social Science. Bradford, UK: MCB University Press, 1997. Special double issue of Kybernetes, vol. 26, Nos. 6-7

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