Thinker, philosopher and publisher Ziyad Marar, is author of four books combining his interests in psychology and philosophy.
He has written The Happiness Paradox (Reaktion Books 2003), Deception [The Art of Living] (Routledge 2009), Intimacy: Understanding the Power of Human Connection (Routledge 2013), and most recently Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood (Bloomsbury 2018). His consistent interest is in how much more complicated we are than we like to appear to be, and what this means for living well as we navigate the tensions in contemporary society.
Born in Iraq in 1966, Ziyad moved to England aged 10. He graduated from Exeter University with a BSc in Psychology and an MA in the Philosophy and Psychology of Language at Birkbeck College, London University, where he also did further years of post-graduate work in the Philosophy of Language.
As a thinker, writer and publisher, Ziyad is a strong advocate for social science globally and has dedicated a large part of his career to supporting the promotion of, engagement with and awareness of its value to society. He has spoken, published and written about issues pertaining to the social sciences and wider challenges to academia in various international contexts.
In 2015 he was appointed to the board of the Campaign for Social Sciences and invited to the board of trustees for UK academic new site The Conversation. Ziyad also sits on the boards of the Big House Theatre Company and The Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights.
Ziyad is currently President of Global Publishing at SAGE Publishing, where he is responsible for SAGE’s overall publishing strategy.