Professor Sir Howard Newby AcSS - President
Professor Cary Cooper CBE AcSS - Chair of Council
Cary Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Lancaster University. He brings with him a strong advocate voice for the importance of the social sciences, having worked with UN and EU agencies, government departments and a number of national and international bodies. He was awarded the CBE by the Queen in 2001 for his contribution to organizational health and wellbeing.
Cary Cooper is a long standing Academician from its very beginnings, and was a former President of the British Academy of Management (a member learned society of the Academy), being its Founding President from 1986-1990 and elected again from 2000-2004.
Professor Peter Fearon AcSS- Honorary Secretary and Hon Treasurer
Professor Irene Hardill AcSS - Honorary Membership Secretary
Irene Hardill is Professor of Public Policy in the Dept of Social Sciences at Northumbria University. She has a particular expertise in volunteering and the voluntary and community sector, demography and ageing, and knowledge exchange. She has produced over 100 publications, including five books and her work has featured in five ESRC publications for its academic and wider impact. She is former vice-Chair of the Regional Studies Association.
Professor Dominic Abrams AcSS
Professor Abrams is Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the School of Psychology, University of Kent. He is President Elect of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9) and co-Editor of the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. His research includes national and international survey and experimental studies of prejudice, stereotyping, intergroup attitudes, collective action, and group performance among children and adults.
Professor John Benyon AcSS
John Benyon has been Professor of Political Studies at the University of Leicester since 1993 and is based in the Institute of Lifelong Learning. He was Director of Lifelong Learning for 8 years and before that he was Director of the Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order. He undertakes research into the ageing society and the benefits of lifelong learning, and riots and public disorder and the politics of law and order. He has held honorary research positions in Beijing, Melbourne and New York and his work has been translated into Chinese, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Sinhalese and Spanish. Professor Benyon is Chair of the Academy’s College of Learned Societies.
Professor John Brewer AcSS
John Brewer MRIA, FRSE, AcSS, FRSA, HDSocSci is Sixth-Century Professor of Sociology at Aberdeen University. He is Honorary Vice President of the British Sociological Association and its former President. He is also a Member of Council of the Irish Research Council and a Member of the United Nations Roster of Global Experts.
Professor Ann Buchanan MBE AcSS
Ann Buchanan is currently an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Associate at Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. Her research, on Family and Child well-being has been influential in Government policy. She is a member of the Council of the ESRC and chairs its Evaluation Committee. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 'for services to social science'.
Professor Fiona Cownie AcSS - Chair of the Publications Committee
Fiona Cownie is Professor of Law at Keele University. Professor Cownie is a former President of the Society of Legal Scholars and a former Vice Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. She has published widely within her specialist field of legal education, and is currently Chair of the Legal Education Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars and Co-Director of the Legal Education Research Network.
Professor Tony Crook AcSS
Professor Tony Crook is former Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Sheffield and now Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional. He is also very active in the worlds of policy and practice. He currently Chairs the Board of Trustees of Shelter, is Deputy Chair of the Orbit Housing Group, a Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s General Assembly. His overseas experience includes research, teaching, and expert advice in China, South East Asia, and North America. He also chaired the South East Europe Research Centre.
Barbara Doig AcSS
Barbara Doig works as an independent consultant on the contribution of social science research to the evidence base for policy and practice. She was Chief Social Researcher in the Scottish Government between 2002 and 2006. As a senior civil servant she previously worked in policy and delivery areas including building project management roles, and external relations, including EU policy co-ordination and liaison with Whitehall Departments. She is currently a user member on ESRC Panel B and of a REF Sub-panel. She is a former Chair of the Social Research Association.
Professor Ian Gough AcSS
Ian Gough is Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE, where he is researching into climate change and social policy, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath. He is the author of many books, including A Theory of Human Need, Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Wellbeing in Developing Countries, and The Political Economy of the Welfare State. Ian is Chair of the College of Academicians.
Emeritus Professor Michael Harloe AcSS
Michael Harloe MA PhD AcSS was Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford from 1997 to 2009. He was formerly Professor of Sociology, Dean of Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Essex. While at Salford he was actively engaged in the regeneration of the city and he continues to Chair the Manchester Salford Housing Market Renewal Partnership. He has worked for many years on issues of urban and regional development and has published numerous articles and books on this subject. For over 20 years he was the Founder Editor of the leading international journal in this field – the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Since retirement from Salford he has returned to these research interests and is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Professor Malcolm Johnson AcSS
Malcolm Johnson who is currently Visiting Professor of Gerontology and End of Life Care at the University of Bath, has been Professor of Health and Social Policy at the University of Bristol (now Emeritus) since 1995. From 1984 - 95 he was Professor of Health and Social Welfare and subsequently first Dean of the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University. His research and academic interests are wide, including the social aspects of health and illness, biographical studies, social policy analysis, death and dying and his major specialism, ageing and the lifespan.
Professor Jonathan Michie AcSS
Jonathan is Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of the Department for Continuing Education and President of Kellogg College. Previously he was Director of Birmingham Business School and before that Head of the School of Management at Birkbeck, University of London.
Professor Jane Millar OBE AcSS
Jane Millar is Professor of Social Policy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Bath. Her research interests include family policy, poverty, social security and tax. Jane has been a Special Adviser to House of Commons Select Committees and to the Department for Work and Pensions. She was awarded an OBE in June 2001 for 'services to social policy research and teaching'.
Dr David Pearson
David Pearson is a cognitive psychologist based in the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. He is a member of the Research Board of the British Psychological Society, and holds a Visiting Scientist position at the University of Trieste in Italy. He is a co-author of the British Psychological Society’s Guidelines on Memory and the Law. His research includes the study of mental imagery, involuntary and intrusive memories, and the role of eye movements in visual and spatial thinking.
Professor Andrew Ross
Andy Ross is Director of High Oak Green Investments and former Deputy Director Government Economic Service and HM Treasury, having become a senior civil servant after a career as a university lecturer and college director. He is a visiting professor at Reading University and a visiting research fellow at Leeds University.
Professor Adam Tickell AcSS
Adam Tickell is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Birmingham. He trained as an economic geographer at the University of Manchester and his research has explored the politics of finance, regional growth politics in England and the politics of think tanks.
Professor Roger Vickerman AcSS
Roger Vickerman is Chair of the Academy's Nominations Committee. He is Dean of the University of Kent’s, Brussels Campus. He is also Professor of European Economics at the University of Kent and Director of the Centre for European, Regional and Transport Economics Professor Vickerman’s research focuses on the relationship between transport (especially infrastructure), regional development and integration in the European Union. He is particularly known for his studies on major infrastructure projects, particularly the EU’s Trans-European Networks. He has served as a member of SACTRA (Standing Committee on Trunk Road Assessment), as an advisor to Committees of both the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK Parliament and acted as a consultant to the European Commission, various UK government departments and regional and local government authorities. He is currently a member of the Analytical Challenge Panel to HS2 Ltd.
The members of the Secretariat of the Academy of Social Sciences are: