Meet our CSS Journal Co-Editors

10 April 2019

Professor Jacqueline Barnes and Professor John Connolly will take over the helm of the Academy of Social Sciences’ flagship journal ‘Contemporary Social Science’ from Professor David Canter on 1 July 2019, who has been editor of the journal for the past six years. This interdisciplinary and international journal provides a forum for disseminating and enhancing theoretical, empirical and/or pragmatic research across the social sciences. Reflecting the objectives of the Academy of Social Sciences, it emphasises the publication of high quality work that engages with issues of major public interest and concern across the world. Jacqueline and John have been Associate Editors for the journal since 2017.

Professor Jacqueline Barnes BSc MSc PhD CPsychol, FBPsS, FAcSS, FHEA

Jacqueline Barnes is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London. For the past four decades she has been involved in teaching and conducting research, mainly in the UK and the USA, with a strong multidisciplinary focus, concentrating on topics that are relevant to the lives of children and families. Her main research interests are: evaluation of early intervention programmes; community and neighbourhood characteristics as they relate to family functioning and children; and the relevance of child care in the early years. Jacqueline particularly values the opportunity to be an Editor of a journal with such a wide-ranging nature as Contemporary Social Science, highlighting commonalities across social science disciplines and the value of cross-fertilisation of ideas between disciplines. A case in point is the issue ‘Investigating Youth in Challenging and Troubled Contexts’ (2017, 12 (3-4)) which included contributors from criminology, international development, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Professor John Connolly BA (Hons) MSc PhD SFHEA

John Connolly is a Professor of Public Policy in the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland. Before entering academia he worked at senior levels in the Scottish public sector in the areas of public health and evaluation. As an academic his main research interests are public sector reform, policy analysis, crisis management, and global health security governance. He is the convenor of the UK Political Studies Association’s ‘Public Policy & Administration’ specialist group. As an Editor of the journal he is looking forward to continuing to work with Jacqueline Barnes to grow Contemporary Social Science as a leading interdisciplinary journal in the field. John was the key editorial contact for the latest edition of the journal – ‘Election Campaigns and Political Communication’ (2019, 14 (1)), which provides contributions from international scholars on a very contemporary (and at times controversial) aspect of political life. He very much enjoyed working with the guest editors to showcase cutting-edge political science scholarship in the journal.