Forty-two leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

3 March 2016

  • Dr Patten Smith, Ipsos MORI
  • Professor Nick Ellison, University of York
  • Professor Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced today [March 3, 2016] that it has conferred the Award of Fellow on 42 leading social scientists.

The new Fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners, and policymakers and have been recognised after a thorough process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work in the social sciences. This includes thought leadership based on innovative research, the application of evidence for policy, the adoption of social science insights in practice and sustained advocacy that has improved the public understanding of issues where social science can make a contribution in higher education, government, and everyday life.

The full list is:

  • Dr Max Atkinson, Proprietor, Atkinson Communications. Dr Atkinson is a freelance communications consultant and author, who has developed important new approaches to research and training in public speaking, speech writing and presentation, working with significant figures in international politics.
  • Professor Katie Bailey (née Truss), Professor of Management, University of Sussex. Professor Bailey is a leading researcher in Human Resource Management, focusing on employee engagement and meaningful work.
  • Professor Eileen Barker OBE, Professor of Sociology with special reference to the study of Religion, London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Barker is an accepted authority on new religious movements, having established the charity INFORM to provide accurate and balanced information about alternative religious, spiritual and esoteric movements.
  • Professor Frank Bechhofer, Emeritus Professor of Social Research, The University of Edinburgh. Professor Bechhofer is a distinguished sociologist working in particular on British class structure and the sociology of work and industry, as well as national identity.
  • Professor Simon Biggs, Professor of Social Policy and Gerontology, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Professor Biggs is a psychologist who is an internationally renowned researcher in social gerontology. He has a particular interest in personal and social identity across the life course and led the first UK prevalence study of elder abuse.
  • Professor Harriet Bradley, Professor of Women’s Employment, University of the West of England, Bristol. Professor Bradley is a leading researcher in the field of work and industry, in particular women’s employment
  • Professor Shaun Breslin, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. Professor Breslin is one of the world’s leading authorities on China’s role in the changing global order. In particular he has systematically highlighted the importance of understanding the domestic drivers of Chinese foreign policy in formulating responses to China’s rise.
  • Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE JP, Honorary Professor in Medicine and Health, Durham University. Professor Croisdale-Appleby is an international thought leader in social care policy and social work education and a champion of rigorous social science methodologies in developing policy and practice.
  • Professor Marguerite Dupree, Honorary Professor of Social and Medical History, University of Glasgow. Professor Dupree is a leading researcher in medical history, with a particular interest in the social origins and careers of 19th Century doctors and the legacy of Joseph Lister.
  • Professor Nick Ellison, Professor of Social Policy, University of York. Professor Ellison is current Chair of the Social Policy Association and a leading researcher in social citizenship and social rights in developed welfare systems.
  • Professor David Farnham, Professor of Employment Relations Emeritus, University of Portsmouth. Professor Farnham is a leading researcher in the field of industrial relations and human resource management.
  • Professor Michael Freeden, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford. Professor Freeden is a notable writer and thinker in political science, especially in the field of ideology.
  • Professor Sue Heath, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester. Professor Heath is a sociologist and social policy expert in the field of housing needs and young people.
  • Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, Visiting Professor of Military Psychology and Director of the Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University. Professor Hacker Hughes is the current President of the British Psychological Society. He is a practitioner in both clinical psychology and psychotherapy and is a leading researcher in military psychology especially in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Professor Jeremy Howells, Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford. Professor Howells has an international reputation in the field of economic geography, especially on the economy and society.
  • Professor Christopher Humphrey, Professor of Accounting, University of Manchester. Professor Humphrey is a leading figure globally in auditing and accounting research, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary and international aspects of auditing and accounting.
  • Dr Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory. Dr Kattumuri is a leading international figure in development studies in India, working in particular in the areas of population, sustainable growth and inclusion, and climate change.
  • Professor Hugh Lauder, Professor of Education and Political Economy, University of Bath. Professor Lauder has an international reputation for his research into the relationship of education to the economy, national skills strategies and global skills strategies of multinational companies.
  • Professor Richard Laughlin, Emeritus Professor of Accounting King’s College London. Professor Laughlin is one of the founding members of the now global field of interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on accounting and has a particular interest in public sector accounting and behaviour responses from societal controls.
  • Professor John MacInnes, Professor of Sociology, The University of Edinburgh Professor MacInnes is ESRC strategic advisor on undergraduate teaching of quantitative research methods. He is also a leading sociologist in the field of demography with work of note on national identities in stateless societies.
  • Professor Josephine Maltby, Professor of Accounting and Finance, The University of Sheffield. Professor Maltby has an international reputation for her work on women as savers and investors and in the history of the accounting profession.
  • Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Milton-Edwards is a leading figure in the study of the Middle East, Islamic Studies and studies in terrorism, violence and security, working in an advisory capacity for government.
  • Professor Laurence Moore, Director MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. Professor Moore has provided sustained leadership of social-science-led research into public health improvement. He is also an internationally recognised expert in the development and evaluation of complex social interventions to improve health.
  • Professor Sarah Nettleton, Professor in Sociology, University of York. Professor Nettleton is a leading figure in the sociology of health and illness.
  • Professor William Outhwaite, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University. Professor Outhwaite is an eminent thought leader in the field of social theory, and was instrumental in bringing British sociology into international debates.
  • Professor Nicola Phillips, Professor of Political Economy, The University of Sheffield. Professor Phillips has an international reputation for her work on the international political economy; she has a particular interest in the question of labour standards in global production especially in relation to forced labour, child labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation.
  • Professor Debora Price, Professor of Social Gerontology, University of Manchester. Professor Price has an international reputation for her work on inequalities and poverty in later life.
  • Professor Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor and Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford. Professor Richardson is a leading voice in the study of terrorism and a key figure in international relations.
  • Professor Janette Rutterford, Professor of Financial Management, The Open University. Professor Rutterford is a path-breaking researcher in the history of investment, with a particular interest in investor behaviour and its impact on corporate financial policy and financial governance.
  • Professor Phillipp Schofield, Professor of Medieval History, Aberystwyth University. Professor Schofield is a leading international researcher in mediaeval economic and social history, with a particular interest in matters of credit and debt.
  • Professor Darren P Smith, Professor of Human Geography, Loughborough University. Professor Smith is a leading figure internationally in the fields of population, rural and urban studies with particular interest in the questions of contemporary migration processes and new social transformations.
  • Dr Patten Smith, Director of Research Methods, Ipsos MORI. Dr Smith is an applied survey methodologist who has been key in the development of robust survey research method innovations and who has become a leading adviser in research methodology.
  • Professor Paul Stenner, Professor of Social Psychology, The Open University. Professor Stenner is a psychologist and a leading figure in the new interdisciplinary field of psychosocial studies. He is also an international authority on Q methodology and quantitative methods in psychology.
  • Professor Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex. Professor Thomson is at the forefront of sociological research into personal life and social change, having established the field of qualitative longitudinal research in childhood and youth, gender, sexuality and family studies.
  • Professor John B Thompson, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge. Professor Thompson is a leading sociologist working on the mass media in particular.
  • Professor Valerie Walkerdine, Distinguished Research Professor in Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Professor Walkerdine is a founding figure of psychosocial studies, and has a particular interest in gender and education.
  • Professor Sam Whimster, Professor in Sociology, London Metropolitan University. Sam Whimster is internationally acknowledged as the foremost expert on the work of Max Weber.
  • Professor Clare Williams, Professor of Medical Sociology, Brunel University London. Professor Williams is internationally renowned for her interdisciplinary work on innovations in biomedicine, particularly related to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, stem cell research, embryo donation and experimental neuroscience.
  • Professor Malcolm Williams, Director, Q-Step, Cardiff University. Professor Williams is a leader and innovator in the pedagogy of social research methods.
  • Professor Linda Woodhead MBE, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University. Professor Woodhead is a world-leading specialist in the sociology of religion, in particular looking at new forms of spirituality and the return of religion to the public sphere.
  • Professor Johanna Wyn, Professor in Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Professor Wyn is a leading sociologist who has pioneered new approaches to the study of youth and young adulthood which have had a major influence on researchers in Australia, Europe and North America.
  • Professor Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, Institute of Education, UCL. Professor Wyse is a leading figure in curriculum and pedagogy in early years and primary education with a particular interest in literacy and creativity.

Press release from the Academy of Social Sciences [click here to download]

Conferment Card March 2016