Press Release: Thirty-seven leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

16 February 2021

London, 16 February 2021:  We are delighted to announce that 37 leading social scientists have been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. New Fellows are recognised, after an independent peer review process, for the excellence and impact of their work and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public and private sectors, across the full breadth of the social sciences. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking and practice, they have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world. The Academy comprises over 1400 Fellows, 46 Member Learned Societies and a number of affiliates. Collectively, this extensive community of over 90,000 social scientists has helped establish the UK’s position as a global leader in the social sciences.

This Spring, among many others, we are proud to welcome to our fellowship a number of academics who work in multi-disciplinary settings addressing matters of vital importance and benefit to individuals, society and the economy. These include, for example:

Professor Martyn Pickersgill, University of Edinburgh, whose research is at the interface of sociology and health sciences. His research revolves around the social, legal and ethical dimensions of biomedicine and the health professions. In particular he works on the sociologies of neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology. He has helped cast new light on the international circulation of knowledge about the brain and mental health, and the place of this within public life, social policy, clinical practice, and personal experience.

As one of the foremost international scholars working on ethnic minority entrepreneurship, Professor Monder Ram has shaped the field. Among many initiatives benefitting diverse and overlooked communities, he led the first and largest research project on ethnic minority businesses and banks in the UK. The findings were an important reference for financial/business support stakeholders working with ethnic minority communities. He founded and directs the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at Aston University.

Another example of our distinguished Spring Fellows 2021 is Professor Tracy Shildrick, University of Newcastle, who is internationally recognised for her work on youth transitions and intergenerational poverty. She has changed how we think, understand, and research these areas, challenging key myths about how and why poverty travels across generations and the difficulties young people face in making transitions to adulthood in conditions of marked inequality.

Finally, we would like to welcome Professor Richard Smith, University of Exeter, an internationally leading health economist. Richard is recognised with Fellowship for his pioneering work on the links between health and the macroeconomy, extending the reach of social science in health. This has incorporated robust theoretical, methodological and empirical work across several areas of health and social significance, including pandemics, antimicrobial resistance, dementia, nutrition, and in trade and health.

These are just four examples of the exceptionally talented social science practitioners and academics who have joined the Academy’s Fellowship this Spring. Collectively, their world-class thought-leadership, research and professional expertise demonstrate the importance of the social sciences to our political, social and economic lives.

Professor Roger Goodman, President of the Academy of Social Sciences, said:

“We are delighted to welcome 37 talented Fellows to the Academy this Spring. Our new Fellows have been selected for the excellence of their research, impact, thought leadership, and the practical application of social science to real world problems. I congratulate them all and look forward to collaborating with them in promoting high quality social science in the UK and across the world.”


See our Full list of Spring 2021 New Fellows Alphabetically by University

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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 public benefit. The Academy is composed of approximately 1400 individual Fellows, 46 Member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates. Together, this body of organisations is a community of some 90,000 social scientists. Academy Fellows are leading professional social scientists from academia and the public and private sectors. The Campaign for Social Science is an integral part of the Academy.

Full list of Spring 2021 New Fellows Alphabetically by University

Organisation Name and job title
Aston University Professor Timothy Baines, Chair in Operations Strategy, Aston University
Aston University Professor Prasanta Dey, Professor of Operations and Information Management, Aston University
Aston University Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, Aston University
Bristol University Press Alison Shaw, Chief Executive, Bristol University Press
City, University of London Professor David Collins, Assistant Vice President Research/REF) and Professor of Law, City, University of London
Dublin City University Professor Janine Bosak, Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology, Dublin City University
Durham University Professor Beng Huat See, Professor of Education, Durham University
East China Normal University, Shanghai Professor Xia Li, Changjiang Scholar Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai
King’s College London Professor Giana Eckhardt, Professor of Marketing, King’s College London
London School of Economics and Political Science Will Hutton, political economist, author and journalist and Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Newcastle University Professor Tracy Shildrick, Professor of Inequalities, Newcastle University
Newcastle University Professor Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy, Newcastle University
Newcastle University Professor Rose Gilroy, Professor of Ageing, Policy and Planning, Newcastle University
Newcastle University Professor Danny MacKinnon, Professor of Regional Development and Governance, Newcastle University
Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Joanne Hughes, Director of the Centre for Shared Education and Director of Research of the School of Social Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.
Sheffield Hallam University Professor Madelynne Arden, Professor of Health Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
SOAS University of London Professor David Mosse, Professor of Social Anthropology, SOAS University of London
Ulster University Professor David Hassan, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Ulster University
University College Cork Professor Maggie O’Neill, Professor of Sociology, University College Cork
University College London Professor Noreena Hertz, Economist and Honorary Professor, University College London
University of Aberdeen Professor Zaheer Khan, Professor of Strategy and International Business, University of Aberdeen
University of Bath Professor Lynn Prince Cooke, Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath
University of Birmingham Professor Jeannette Littlemore, Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham
University of Dundee Professor Divya Jindal-Snape, Professor of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions, University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh Professor Vernon Gayle, Professor of Sociology and Social Statistics, University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh Professor Ailsa Henderson, Professor of Political Science, University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh Professor Martyn Pickersgill, Personal Chair of the Sociology of Science and Medicine, University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter Professor Lee Elliot Major OBE, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter
University of Exeter Professor Richard Smith, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Health Economics, University of Exeter
University of Glasgow Professor Christopher Chapman, Professor of Educational Policy, University of Glasgow
University of Greenwich. Professor Sian Moore, Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Greenwich.
University of Hull Professor Stephen Hardy, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, University of Hull
University of Manchester Professor Yoram Gorlizki, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester
University of Manchester Professor Vanessa May, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester
University of Oxford Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie, Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford
University of St Andrews Professor Brad MacKay, Senior Vice-Principal, University of St Andrews
University of Stirling Professor Adrian Blackledge, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Stirling