Academy eBulletin November 2017



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Sub-Panel nominations should be made via learned societies. The Academy will, on request, supply to HEFCE confirmation of  Fellowship for Fellows whose subscriptions are up to date.

Main Panel nominations can be made via the Academy’s Policy Working Group as per the letter that was sent to all Fellows on 6th November detailing the process. Requests for nomination must be received by the Academy by Friday 8th December.



The closing date for receipt of Fellowship nominations for the winter round has now passed. Thank you to all Fellows and Learned Societies who have nominated outstanding social scientists to join the Fellowship. Conferments will be announced in late March and new Fellows, proposers and seconders will be notified shortly before the public announcement.

Nominations may be submitted to the Academy office at any time during the year and guidance is available on our website. The deadline for the summer round will be Friday 8th June 2018.




PRESIDENT’S LUNCH 2017 – Edinburgh, 14th December – just 4 spaces left!

This year the lunch returns to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and will be held on Thursday 14th December 2017. We are delighted that John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister, will speak at the event. This is the annual highlight of the Academy’s calendar; an opportunity for Fellows, member learned societies and their guests to enjoy high level networking in elegant and congenial surroundings. Newly conferred Fellows may also be presented with their certificate by the President at the event. Learned Societies may take whole or part tables (tables will seat 8 people). Tickets are available here.



Part of the seminar series organised by the Academy’s International Advisory Group. Seminar 4: ‘Historical and International Perspectives on Health’ will take place at 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG on 4th December 2017. More






Professor Louise Richardson FAcSS, Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, told the fifth Campaign for Social Science Annual SAGE Publishing Lecture that we must bridge the educational divide to prevent populism from threatening democracy. Speaking before an audience of policymakers, journalists and academics in Whitehall, Richardson’s lecture on November 21, entitled Educational Inequality in a Populist Era, charted the rise of the anti-intellectualism wave in the UK, and identified the risks to democracy caused by persistent inequality and gaps in educational attainment. More

The Lecture was followed by a successful, high-level dinner for Gold members of the CfSS Supporter Scheme and other key individuals in the policy world.


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



From our Head of Policy: Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS


We responded to the recent Budget statement.

The Government’s Industrial Strategy has been the focus of our most recent work. We are collaborating with ESRC to support social science themes and are pressing for a ‘horizontal theme’ on productivity in rounds 3 and above, and for support for more social science research and evaluation of experiments in improvement. Our response is available on the Academy website.

We have been working closely with UKRI to ensure that social science research access to administrative data is speeded up, and that, as we called for in our Health of People report earlier this year, social science research access to health data becomes a higher priority. Our response to the Industrial Strategy paper also picks up this issue.

We have welcomed the British Academy’s recent report, ‘Brexit Means?’, which sets out the BA’s priorities for the humanities and social sciences in the current Brexit negotiations, especially the availability of additional Exceptional Talent Tier 1 visas, but we are urging these to be reflect the global excellence of UK social sciences too. More

We continue to work with ESRC and Market Research Society in making the case within UKRI for continuing infrastructure investment into Longitudinal Studies.

We are working with British Academy to promote further improvements in teaching and training and signalling the importance of number and data skills within all the social sciences. We are picking this up in our forthcoming report on the pipeline of social scientists, which will show that, whilst employment outcomes are good for social science undergraduates, number and data skills can improve those further.

Following on from our Pathways to Impact project launched last month on how to achieve greater impact on the Welsh Assembly, we continue to work on this issue. Professor Shamit Saggar, Chair of the Campaign, recently gave a key note on a report by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) on achieving more impact in Parliament.


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


Instructions for accessing Contemporary Social Science.

See the related blogposts by the Editor on Social Science Space.



The Academy is delighted that Professor Jacqueline Barnes FAcSS, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues at Birkbeck, University of London, and Dr John Connolly, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of the West of Scotland, have joined Editor in Chief, Professor David Canter FAcSS to help take our journal forward. Contemporary Social Science publishes as themed, interdisciplinary issues and is available to all Fellows and member learned societies. More



To reflect the richness and diversity of the contributions to Contemporary Social Science the Editor in Chief of the Journal, Professor David Canter FAcSS, has selected ten papers that are being made freely available. They cover a remarkable range of topics, from the presentation of the self-online to the implication of social inequality on economic growth, from how teenage girls become activists to approaches to changing environmental behaviours. The contributions are also drawn from the four corners of the globe.  From the North of England to Argentina, from the United States to India. Taken together these papers provide an overview of the range of topics that concern social scientists today around the world. More

Listen to introductory podcasts to many issues by the Journal Editor (transcripts available).

The Editor continues to welcome proposals for themed issues. Guidelines.


Current Calls for Papers for themed issues:

Contemporary Social Science has a CiteScore of 0.71, ranking 62/201  in Social Science category of Scopus.

NEW Female Killers in Contemporary Society (deadline 2nd July 2018)

NEW The Changing World of Work and Employment (deadline 13th July 2018)

Social Urbanistics: Social science explorations of urbanisms (deadline 30th January 2018)




·        UCL Centre for Behaviour Change – Assistant Director required (7th December)






British Academy of Management (BAM)

·        Annual Conference 2018, ‘Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times’. Bristol, 4-6 September 2018.

·         BAM LLD SIG Event, ‘Could we…Should we?’ Aligning and sharing leadership research between academic and managerial communities. London, 9 June 2018.

European Academy of Management (EURAM)

·        Conference 2018. Reykjavik 20-23 June 2018. SIG 10: Project Organising CfP open (Jan 2018) and New project management track – Projects and Society

Regional Studies Association (RSA)

·        Annual Conference 2018. Lugano, Switzerland. 3-6 June 2018

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS)

British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

British Sociological Association (BSA)

British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)

British Society of Criminology (BSC)

Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare (SHOC)

  • Biennial Conference: Co-ordinating healthcare across boundaries and borders. Montreal, May 2018. More

British Society of Gerontology (BSG)

Association for Social Anthropology (ASA)

Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS)

Association for Tourism in HE (ATHE)

Social Research Association (SRA)

  • Annual Conference 2017: ‘Social Research in a Sceptical Age’. London 6 December 2017.

Society of Business Economists (SBE)

European Group for Public Administration (EGPA)

  • Annual Conference. Lausanne, Switzerland 5-7 September 2018. Call for papers




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Andrea Saltelli, Science’s uphill journey out of its credibility crisis

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Social Science Bites podcast

Sabina Alkire on Measuring Poverty

Is it just a low wage that conjures up the term when we talk about “crushing poverty”? Or is it really a host of other issues that likely accompany that lack of money? Economist Sabina Alkire has spent her career crafting the measures that demonstrate that latter proposition, work that with fellow economist James Foster resulted in what is known as the Alkire-Foster Method for determining level of poverty. In this Social Science Bites podcast, Alkire – director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative — explains to interviewer Dave Edmonds the need to have a consistent and reputable means of measuring poverty over time. This usually entails “a monetary measurement, either income or consumption,” she details, “and a person is deemed to be poor if they don’t have enough by some poverty line.” More