Seventy-three leading social scientists join the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

15 October 2020

London, 15 October 2020: Today we are delighted to announce that 73 leading UK social scientists have been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. All have been elected for their outstanding contributions to research, and for their application of social science to policy, education, society and the economy.

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, applied research, policymaking and practice, they have helped to address and deepen understanding of some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world. Their work has contributed to the UK’s position as a global leader in the social sciences.

This autumn we are proud and excited to welcome a number of leading social science practitioners to the Academy’s Fellowship. These individuals are recognised and celebrated in their fields for applying their knowledge and expertise across diverse areas of public life and delivering impact to improve social, political and economic wellbeing in the UK and beyond.

Examples include Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE – described as one of the UK’s most prominent social innovators and public intellectuals. For 10 years until 2019, Geoff was the Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, before he moved on to take up a position at UCL as Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation. His ideas have been used by governments around the world and he is founder and co-founder of a series of important organisations including DEMOS and the Young Foundation.

Waheed Nazir, one of the UK’s leading chartered spatial planners has also been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy.  As Director of Planning and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council for ten years, his pioneering approach enabled the local authority to become one of the UK’s top destinations for inward investment and growth. Waheed is currently Chief Executive at NCL Development Limited and Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University.

We are also very pleased to welcome Siobhan Campbell, Head of the Department for Transport’s Central Research Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser. As an influential figure in central government research, her work has made a substantial contribution to social science policy across many sectors. In her current role, Siobhan leads DfT’s evaluation and social research, as well as operational research and science. She is also currently leading the department’s research response to COVID-19.

Finally, we offer a warm welcome to Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) – the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Karin was appointed Director General in late 2015 and is the first woman to hold the role in RUSI’s 189-year-old history. Prior to joining RUSI, for six years Karin held several senior positions in the US State Department.

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

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

“We are extremely proud to welcome 73 new Fellows to the Academy who are so highly accomplished and driving social and economic transformation across societies. They have been selected following a robust review by their peers and have been recognised for the excellence of their work and its applications in academia, business and the public sector.

“The Academy is unique in the UK in conferring Fellowship to professional social scientists from a wide range of employment sectors and across all social science disciplines. This remarkable community of experts has used the social sciences to deliver public benefit in the realms of social, economic and environmental policy, and in higher education, regional development, government and law. I offer our new Fellows many congratulations and look forward to collaborating with them.”

See our full list of new Fellows


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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.