The Academy held its 17th Annual General Meeting on Thursday (June 30 2016) at its offices at 33 Finsbury Square in London. Before the event, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy, gave the Academy Annual Lecture 2016 on The State of Japanese Social Science; Japanese Social Science and the State.
The Academy’s Executive Director Stephen Anderson reported on the growth of the Academy in the last year. He noted that the Academy’s move to its new location in Finsbury Square in October 2015 has allowed for an expanded programme of events, while also enhancing its ability to serve its membership and the wider social science community. The Academy’s strengthening policy function, both in the number of consultations it has responded to, as well as its increasing influence in shaping and framing key reviews, speaks to its growing reputation as a significant player in a number of debates.
Following his lecture, Professor Goodman reported on the Academy’s efforts to engage with a greater number of social science practitioners. He expressed his gratitude for the dedication and support of the Council, while offering particular thanks for the contribution of those who have stepped down over the last year, including Michael Harloe, Tony Crook CBE, Fiona Cownie and Adam Tickell. He also paid tribute to the legacy of his predecessor, Sir Cary Cooper, whose vision was instrumental in the growth and development of the Academy during his tenure.
Both Mr Anderson and Professor Goodman recalled the sad loss of two members of Council, Professor John Urry FAcSS of the University of Lancaster, who had delivered the previous year’s Annual Lecture, and Professor John Benyon FAcSS of the University of Leicester, two leading social scientists who made invaluable contributions to their respective fields and to the Academy. They will be greatly missed.
Professor James Wilsdon, Chair of the Academy’s Campaign for Social Science, pointed to the Campaign’s expanded disciplinary and regional reach through a reinvigorated and diversified board. He highlighted its growing standing in its representation of the collective social science interests in certain key debates, as well as its increasing ability to influence policy recommendations.
After the AGM the Academy’s President Sir Ivor Crewe FAcSS presented certificates to several new Fellows. A panel discussion on the implications of the EU Referendum for the social sciences followed, with the day’s events drawing to a close over a drinks reception sponsored by the publishers of the Academy’s journal, Taylor and Francis.