Press Release: Forty-three leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

18 October 2018

London, 18 October 2018: The Academy of Social Sciences is delighted to announce that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 43 leading social scientists.

The new Fellows are drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in various fields, including higher education, social, economic and environmental policy, government, law, charitable foundations and think tanks.

The full list of new fellows (in no particular order) is:

  1. Professor Clive Barnett, Professor of Geography and Social Theory, University of Exeter. A leading human geographer with a distinctive research agenda of international significance.
  2. Professor Andrew Chesher, Professor of Economics and Economic Measurement, University College London. An internationally distinguished econometrician and founding Director of the UCL-IFS Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice.
  3. Ms Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group. Has also made a major contribution to other UK social policy organisations, including Gingerbread and the Family and Childcare Trust.
  4. Professor Mei-Po Kwan, Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois. Has made significant contributions to theory, methods and practice in urban, GI science, mobility and health research.
  5. Professor Feng Li, Chair of Information Management, Cass Business School. A leading scholar in the field of digital business innovations in the UK and internationally.
  6. Professor Sharon Mavin, Chair in Leadership and Organisation Studies and Director of Business School, Newcastle University. A leading figure in the field of gender in management and leadership in social science.
  7. Professor Colin Mellors, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of York and Chair of Local Government Boundary Commission for England. In addition to his academic career, has devoted significant time to roles in the public sector, focussing on local and regional government.
  8. Professor Caroline Moser, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester. A leading figure in the field of poverty, gender and urban development in the global South.
  9. Professor Bo Sin Tang, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Assistant Director, Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, University of Hong Kong. An eminent scholar in the fields of land use planning and property development.
  10. Professor Jieming Zhu, Distinguished Professor in Urban Planning, Tongji University. A specialist in the institutional analysis of urban land and property markets in rapidly urbanising contexts, particularly in Asia.
  11. Professor Alison Harcourt, Professor of Politics, University of Exeter. A leading academic figure in political science with extensive knowledge of UK and European media and communications policy and practice.
  12. Professor Bo Chen, Professor of Management Science, University of Warwick. Has been at the forefront of management science for 25 years. A specialist in developing successful interfaces between management, economics and computer science.
  13. Professor Julia Balogun, Dean of University of Liverpool School of Management. A leading scholar in the field of business and management on strategy, change and development within large corporations.
  14. Professor Hugo Dobson, Professor of Japan’s International Relations, University of Sheffield. Has an eminent record in terms of research outputs, impact, learning and teaching, focussed on Japan’s international relations and global summitry.
  15. Professor Eirini Flouri, Professor of Developmental Psychology, University College London. Her research into the causes of children’s socio-emotional difficulties has advanced understanding in ways that lead to practicable benefits for children and families.
  16. Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Impact, Ulster University. An international authority on political leadership in divided societies.
  17. Professor Ade Kearns, Professor of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow. One of the most highly cited scholars in his field over 20 years, specialising in social capital and community.
  18. Professor Rebecca Probert, Professor of Law, University of Exeter. A leading academic authority on the legal and social histories of marriage and cohabitation in England and Wales.
  19. Professor Kathy Rastle, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London. A leading authority on the mechanisms that underpin language, literacy and learning.
  20. Professor Ngaire Woods, Professor of Global Economic Governance, University of Oxford. A major contributor to public understanding of globalisation and international governance.
  21. Professor Peer Zumbansen, Professor of Transnational Law, Kings College London. A pre-eminent scholar in the study of legal regulation across national borders, who has successfully promoted transnational law as an inter- and multi-disciplinary enterprise.
  22. Dr Kevin Daly, Co-Head CEEMEA Economics, Goldman Sachs. Chair of the Society of Professional Economists (SPE) since 2016. A member of the advisory panel to the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility.
  23. Judge Nicholas Wikeley, Judge of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal. A legal academic before taking up his current judicial appointment. Has made a major contribution to public understanding of welfare law and law in the field of child support.
  24. Professor Nelarine Cornelius, Professor of Organisation Studies, Queen Mary University of London. An outstanding researcher, educator and contributor to the impact of social science in policy and practice development.
  25. Professor Geoffrey Thomas Wood, Professor and Dean, Essex Business School, University of Essex. Widely respected for his work exploring the relationship between institutional setting, firm finance and work and employment outcomes.
  26. Professor Gail Kinman, Director of the Research Centre for Applied Psychology, University of Bedfordshire. Has made a strong and innovative contribution to policy and practice within the field of wellbeing at work.
  27. Professor Glen Bramley, Professor of Urban Studies, Heriot-Watt University. A well-known and respected academic, specialising in the policy-related areas of housing, planning, local government and urban affairs over 45 years.
  28. Professor David Clapham, Professor of Planning, Henley Business School. Active in the field of housing studies for nearly 40 years with a strong publication record. Editor of the leading journal, ‘Housing, Theory and Society’ for 10 years.
  29. Professor David Robinson, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sheffield. Has enhanced public understanding of housing inequalities, community and cohesion, and the situations and experiences of new migration.
  30. Professor Emerita Rebecca Tunstall, Professor of Housing Policy, University of York. A specialist on social housing, poor housing and neighbourhood conditions and inequality.
  31. Mr Richard Blyth, Head of Policy and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute. Has played a key role in ensuring the RTPI is recognised as the thought leader in the wider policy community. Awarded a Fellowship of the RTPI, a rare distinction held by fewer than 1% of all chartered planners.
  32. Professor Brian Evans, Professor of Urbanism and Landscape, at the Glasgow School of Art. Dual-qualified in design and planning, he is a widely published author and has led many international and transformational projects resulting in numerous awards for professional and design excellence.
  33. Mr Michael Hayes, Director, Michael Hayes Consulting Ltd. A leading urban planner with extensive experience in urban design, regeneration and development at regional, city and neighbourhood level. Former President of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  34. Mr Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy and Infrastructure, East Midlands Councils. A leading geographer and chartered town planner, specialising in economic and policy analysis.
  35. Mr Robert Erens, Deputy Director, Policy Innovation Research Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Involved in social and policy research for over 30 years, leading innovative work on hard-to-reach groups, on sensitive research and on longitudinal surveys.
  36. Mr David Johnson, Head of Knowledge and Evidence Strategy, Work and Health Joint Unit. Has had a substantive research practitioner career in different Government departments. Developed and commissioned the UK’s first direct test of racial discrimination.
  37. Ms Ivana La Valle, Visiting Scholar, University of East London. An eminent applied policy-oriented social researcher whose work has been influential in the development of early education and childcare policy.
  38. Ms Geraldine Nicolaas, Director of Methods, the National Centre for Social Research. One of the UK’s most highly respected survey methodologists, who has worked in Government, academia, non-profit and commercial sectors.
  39. Professor Graeme Currie, Professor of Public Management, University of Warwick. A leading scholar in public management with a particular focus on health care institutions.
  40. Professor Sue Dopson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Said Business School University of Oxford. A leading scholar in understanding and explaining the ways in which knowledge is created, diffused and adopted by health care organisations.
  41. Professor Trish Reay, Professor of Strategic Management and Organisation, University of Alberta. A leading international figure in health care management from the perspective of organisation studies.
  42. Professor Anna Lawson, Professor of Law, University of Leeds. An internationally renowned scholar working in the areas of disability equality and inclusion at the intersection between law and disability studies.
  43. Professor Clare McGlynn, Professor of Law, University of Durham. A leading expert in the legal regulation of pornography and sexual violence.


Notes to editors:
About the Academy of Social Sciences
The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. The Academy is composed of 1313 individual Fellows, 44 Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists. Fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most learned societies in the social sciences in the UK are represented within the Academy. The Academy also sponsors the Campaign for Social Science.

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