Academy eBulletin June 2017

E-BULLETIN JUNE 2017

 

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ACADEMY NEWS

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2017

The Academy is delighted to see that eight of its Fellows have been recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for their contributions in various academic and professional fields, from tackling climate change and research into end of life care, to education and services to vulnerable people. Roger Goodman, Chair of the Academy, said: “We are delighted to see such distinguished Fellows recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours. This demonstrates the indispensable contribution made by social scientists to public life, both in their ability to inform policy for public benefit, as well as in addressing some of our most pressing societal issues. Congratulations to all. These awards are well deserved.”

The following Fellows have been honoured:

  • Professor the Lord Stern of Brentford FAcSS, Companion of Honour. For services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change
  • Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli FAcSS, for services to economics and higher education
  • Professor Dame Theresa Marteau DBE FAcSS, for services to public health
  • Professor Jonathan Gershuny CBE FAcSS, for services to the social sciences and sociology
  • Professor Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS for services to social science and public policy
  • Professor Suzy Braye OBE FAcSS, for services to vulnerable people
  • Professor David Clark OBE FAcSS, for services to education in Dumfries and Galloway and research into end of life care
  • Professor Erica Haimes OBE FAcSS, for services to social science

 

AGM 2017 AND ELECTION TO COUNCIL

At the AGM, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy, reported on its growth in the last year.

Following the recent election, Council is delighted to welcome Professor Sasha Roseneil FAcSS, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex. Professor Roseneil will serve a term of three years, renewable once.

The Directors Report and Accounts for 2016, which were approved by the AGM on Wednesday, are available on the Academy website here. A report of the meeting is available to read here. The formal minutes will be published in due course.

 

NOMINATIONS

The deadline for receipt of nominations for consideration at the summer meeting of the Nominations Committee has now passed, but nominations can be submitted at any time. Our list of new Fellows will be published in early October, after Council has ratified the Nominations Committee’s recommendations. We expect to inform new Fellows and their proposers in late September. The next deadline for receipt of nominations will be Friday 1st December. Fellows and Learned Societies are strongly encouraged to nominate leading social scientists to strengthen the voice of social science that is the Academy. Guidelines on how to make nominations and the forms to do so are available here.

 

EVENTS

 

CFSS ANNUAL SAGE PUBLISHING LECTURE 2017

Professor Louise Richardson FAcSS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and noted authority on the social science of terrorism, will deliver the 2017 lecture at 61 Whitehall on the evening of Tuesday 21st November 2017.

 

PRESIDENT’S LUNCH 2017 – SAVE THE DATE

This year’s lunch will be held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Thursday 14th December 2017. We are delighted that John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister, will speak at the event. As well as the usual reception and lunch we are working on bringing together a morning panel event, with senior speakers addressing current challenges for Higher Education in Scotland – look out for news in the coming months.

 

EVENT REPORTS

ANNUAL ACADEMY LECTURE 2017

Professor Luciano Floridi FAcSS, of the Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford, and the Alan Turing Institute delivered the Academy’s Annual Lecture for 2017 asking ‘What information society do we want to build?’ and looking closely at the philosophical and social implications of the online revolution. A report of the talk will shortly be available on our website.

 

THE RETURN OF THE EXPERTS? FACTS AND EXPERTISE IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Will Moy, Director of Full Fact, discussed with Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS current issues including ‘fake news’ in the General Election and what measures have been taken to combat it, how the (mis)use of facts and statics affects campaigning and political discourse, especially through digital media, and the role of digital literacy and engaged citizens in interpreting and spreading full facts.

CAMPAIGN NEWS

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES SUPPORTER SCHEME

At a time when advocacy for the social sciences is more important than ever, the Campaign has launched a new supporter scheme for universities and learned societies, to enable vital capacity building among the social science community in networks of knowledge sharing and advocacy. Silver and Gold level supporters are invited to send an appropriate delegate to the new Strategic Leadership Forum. Andy Haldane FAcSS, Chief Economist of the Bank of England will join the Campaign Chair, Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS, to address the inaugural meeting on 10th October. More information is available from the Campaign team.

 

WORK WITH US! Supporter relations officer sought

The Campaign for Social Science is looking for a proactive person to organise our fundraising from existing supporters, recruit new support and develop relationships. More

 

RECENT CFSS BLOGPOSTS:

·         John Brewer FAcSS: The DUP For Early Learners

·         Shonil Bhagwat: Should we be worried about the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement?

·         Nando Sigona: Brexit, Net Migration and Eurochildren

·         James Shields FAcSS: France’s Ambiguous Presidential Election

 

Policy Monitor for June – our monthly compendium (pdf) of official consultations relevant to our community, is also available in an online searchable form on the Campaign website

 

POLICY WORK

From our Head of Policy, Sharon Witherspoon FAcSS

The Academy issued brief statements in response to the result of the recent General Election and the subsequent Queen’s Speech, reiterating our previous positions on Brexit negotiations and government policy. We continue to follow Brexit policy discussions about international staff and students, and participation in post-Brexit EU research. A recent Technopolis report, commissioned by the four publicly-funded national academies, shows just how important EU research funds are to the social sciences, as first demonstrated last year in our Professional Briefing 8 by Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS. Read our response here.

We await news on REF2021, with further announcements due this summer. More news about UKRI is expected next week, with Sir Mark Walport, the founding Chief Executive, scheduled to give a major speech on July 4th.

Meanwhile, the Campaign for Social Sciences is working to develop links with business and other partners who could act as champions for social science.  We will be liaising with member learned societies who are also engaged in similar work.

We continue to engage with issues relating to the social science data infrastructure, with the ESRC and the MRS. We are following up the recommendations made by the Campaign’s Health of People report with continuing meetings – with health funders and others.

Work continues on two projects: one examining the pathways from school through university social sciences to employment, and the other looking at the routes to social science impact in the Welsh Assembly and Government. The latter project will be launched in Cardiff in the autumn, with an on-line ‘tool-kit’ to help new researchers increase their influence on policymaking in Wales.  Look out for news about the launch.

CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL SCIENCE – the journal of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The Journal is listed in Scopus Web of Science and has a CiteScore of 1.03, ranking it as 48/188 in social sciences.

 

TWO ASSOCIATE EDITORS SOUGHT

The Academy wishes to appoint two Associate Editors for its journal Contemporary Social Science and invites applications from social scientists from any academic discipline. More details

 

Current Calls for Papers for themed issues:

 

FELLOWS’ BOOKS AND NEWS

OPPORTUNITIES

Research England is seeking members for its first Council. UK Research and Innovation wishes to appoint up to ten members for the first Council of Research England. More

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology is seeking a new Head. More

 

·         New book: Matthew Hall and Jeff Hearn FAcSS, Revenge Pornography

·         New book: David McCrone FAcSS, The New Sociology of Scotland

LEARNED SOCIETY AND OTHER NEWS AND EVENTS

o    Research Network Grant Scheme (deadline 31 July)

o    Free access to Regional Studies Anniversary Special Issue until 31st July

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE SPACE

Some recent postings on socialsciencespace.com

 

Social Science bites podcasts:

  • Video – William Julius Wilson, Reflections on American Race Relations in the Age of Donald Trump
  • Mary Bosworth on Border Criminology. “Borders,” says Mary Bosworth, “are the key issue of our time.”  And so, says the criminologist, “in response to the mass migration that’s happening, the criminal justice system is shifting. This shouldn’t surprise us – all other aspects of our society are changing.” One of those changes is the creation of a new subfield of criminology, one explicitly evolved to understand immigration control and criminal justice. In this Social Science Bites podcast interview with Dave Edmonds, Bosworth talks about a field which she calls ‘border criminology.