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New book – Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland:Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience

By Professor Azrini Wahidin FAcSS, this book explores the contours of women’s involvement in the Irish Republican Army, political protest and the prison experience in Northern Ireland. Read more …

New book – Research Ethics in Criminology Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions

Edited by Professor Malcolm Cowburn, Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe FAcSS and Professor Azrini Wahidin FAcSS, this cutting-edge book charts the changing topography of ethics, governance and accountability for social science research in criminology, contributes to the developing discourse on research ethics and demonstrates the importance as to why research ethics should be taken seriously. Read more …

Wales Social Research Awards 2017 – submissions now open

The Wales Social Research Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding research that has been undertaken by social science researchers in Wales. Read more …

Professor Alan Bryman FAcSS RIP

The Academy is saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Alan Bryman FAcSS.  Read more …

New book – After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession

Edited by Peter Taylor-Gooby FacSS, Benjamin Leruth and Heejung Chung, this book examines welfare state transformations across a representative range of European countries and at the EU level, and considers likely new directions in social policy. Read more …

New book: The Good Writing Guide for Education Students (Fourth Edition)

By Dominic Wyse FAcSS and Kate Cowan, this handy guide is packed with practical advice on how to search for reading materials, structure your academic writing, think critically, reference appropriately and use language effectively. Read more …

New book: Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law

Edited by Bridget M. Hutter FAcSS, this insightful book considers how the law has adapted to the environmental challenges of the 21st Century and the ways in which it might be used to cope with environmental risks and uncertainties whilst promoting resilience and greater equality. Read more …

New book – Mary Douglas: understanding social thought and conflict

From Perri 6 FAcSS and Paul Richards, this volume introduces Douglas’s theories, and outlines the ways in which her work is of continuing importance for the future of the social sciences.

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New book: Morphological Complexity (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 153)

This book confronts the typological challenge of characterising the wildly diverse sorts of morphological complexity we find in the languages of the world, offering both a unified descriptive framework and quantitative measures that can be applied to such heterogeneous systems. Read more …

Fellows shortlisted for BPS Book Award

Preventing Self-Injury and Suicide in Women’s Prisons, co-written by Graham Towl FAcSS and An Adventure in Statistics: The Reality Enigma by Andy Field FAcSS are amongst the books shortlisted for the British Psychological Society Book Award Read more …

New book: The Problem of Religious Diversity – European Challenges, Asian Approaches

Edited by Professor Anna Triandafyllidou and Professor Tariq Modood FAcSS, this book engages critically with the different models and approaches for managing religion adopted in Europe, Asia and Oceania in order to seek answers to this pressing normative, conceptual and policy issue.Read more …

New book: – Heat, Greed and Human Need:Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing

By Professor Ian Gough FAcSS, this book builds an essential bridge between climate change and social policy. Read more …

Fellow appointed Chair of the board of trustees of ECU

Professor Stuart Croft FAcSS, Vice-Chancellor and President of University of Warwick, to succeed Professor Janet Beer, Vice-chancellor of Liverpool University, as chair of the board of trustees of ECU. Read more …

New book: The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe

Edited by Professor Edoardo Ongaro FAcSS and Professor Sandra van Thiel, this Handbook offers a systematic review of state-of-the-art knowledge on public administration in Europe. Read more …

New book – Philosophy and Public Administration: An Introduction

By Professer Edoardo Ongaro FAcSS, this book provides a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the philosophical foundations of the study and practice of public administration. Read more …

New book – Developing metrics for equity, diversity and competition: new measures for schools and universities

From Anthony Kelly FAcSS, the book is an ideal resource for educational researchers, policy-makers and high-level practitioners, and those who want to explore the possibilities of using novel approaches to address the problems faced by schools, colleges and universities in the new education landscape. Read more …

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New series: Advances In Research Ethics And Integrity Vol 1 – Finding Common Ground

Partly arising from the Academy’s Ethics project, Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity addresses new problems, issues and concerns in the fields of research ethics and research integrity. This series is unique in confronting these challenges head on by debating Read more …

New Book: The New Sociology of Scotland

By David McCrone FAcSS This new introduction is a comprehensive account of the social, political, economic and cultural processes at work in contemporary Scottish society. At a time of major uncertainty and transformation The New Sociology of Scotland explores every Read more …

New Book: Revenge Pornography

By Matthew Hall and Jeff Hearn FAcSS. Routledge, 2018. Facilitated by developments in technologies, the non-consensual posting of sexually explicit images of someone else for revenge, entertainment or political motive – so called ‘revenge porn’ – has become a global Read more …

Fellow appointed Deputy Chair of the Construction Industry Council

Professor Tony Crook CBE FAcSS FRTPI has been appointed Deputy Chair of the Construction Industry Council. Read more …

New book: Reflexivity – The Essential Guide

By Professor Tim May FAcSS and Beth Perry, Reflexivity: The Essential Guide pinpoints the importance of reflexivity in social research, demonstrates its relevance to everyday life, firmly locates the concept in the history of ideas, explores key questions about the bases of knowledge and understanding and presents key thinkers, concepts and issues in easy-to-understand learning boxes. Read more …

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Call for evidence – Asylum, Migration and Settlement Study Group

The Academy’s Asylum, Migration and Settlement Study Group would like to issue a call to members of the Academy for evidence, from their and others’ past and present research, about the effects of recent and upcoming policy shifts nationally and internationally on UK refugee, migration, citizenship, and border Read more …

New book: Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing

Edited by Malcolm Johnson FAcSS and Joanna Walker, Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing will inform and engage those who study or practise in all fields that relate to the lives of older people, especially in social, psychological and health-related domains, but also wherever the maintenance and development of spiritual meaning and purpose are recognised as important for human flourishing. Read more …

New book: The Trials of Evidence-based Education

By Stephen Gorard FAcSS, Beng Huat See and Nadia Siddiqui, The Trials of Evidence-based Education explores the promise, limitations and achievements of evidence-based policy and practice, as the attention of funders moves from a sole focus on attainment outcomes to political concern about character-building and wider educational impacts. Read more …

Academy Fellows recognised in 2017 Birthday Honours

Eight Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences have been recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for their contributions in various academic and professional fields, from tackling climate change and research into end of life care, to education and Read more …

New book : Advanced Introduction to Globalisation

In this new book, Professor Jonathan Michie FAcSS makes the case for a new, more realistic approach to economics. Read more …

New book: An Introduction to Secondary Data Analysis with IBM SPSS Statistics

By Professor John MacInnes FAcSS – Many professional, high-quality surveys collect data on people’s behaviour, experiences, lifestyles and attitudes. The data they produce is more accessible than ever before. This book provides students with a comprehensive introduction to using this data, as well as transactional data and big data sources, in their own research projects. Read more …

Fellow to front new creative research summer school at Keele University

Dr Helen Kara FAcSS, author of popular book Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide, will be the facilitator at the Creative Research Methods Summer School, at Keele University and the New Vic Theatre on July 6-8, 2017. Read more …

Fellow appointed Visiting Professor in Political Economy at Keele University

John Henneberry FAcSS, Professor of Property Development, University of Sheffield has been appointed a Visiting Professor in Political Economy at Keele University from 1 July 2017. Read more …

New book: Transience and Permanence in Urban Development

Edited by Professor John Henneberry FAcSS – The scale and variety of temporary – or meanwhile or interim – urban uses and spaces has grown rapidly in response to the dramatic increase in vacant and derelict land and buildings, particularly in post-industrial cities. Read more …

New book: What kind of democracy is this? Politics in a changing world

Linking academic scholarship with popular culture, this refreshing and stimulating book seeks to provoke and inform in equal measure. Read more …

New book – Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all

From Polly Toynbee and David Walker FAcSS, Dismembered is a ruthless dissection of what is happening to our country, who is responsible, and how we can stop it. Read more …

Fellow honoured for research impact on the lives of children

John Oates FAcSS, Senior Lecturer in Development Psychology in the OU’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Languages, was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society at its annual conference in Brighton on 4 May 2017. Read more …

Professor Chris Bellamy FAcSS RIP

The Academy is saddened to hear of the recent death of Professor Christine (Chris) Bellamy FAcSS, who had served for six years as a very helpful and valuable member of the Nominations Committee. Until September 2007, Chris was Associate Dean Read more …

Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS appointed as Deputy Chair of Council

The Academy’s Council has appointed the Honorary Secretary, Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS (left), to serve also as its Deputy Chair. Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of Council, welcomed the appointment saying, “I am delighted Council has nominated Professor Jane Broadbent Read more …

New book – Regulatory Crisis: negotiating the consequences of risk, disasters and crises

A new book by Professor Bridget Hutter FAcSS and Professor Sally Lloyd-Bostock, published by Cambridge University Press. Using a new concept – ‘regulatory crisis’ – this book examines how major crises may or may not affect regulation. Read more …

New book: The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology

Edited by Professor Brendan Gough FAcSS, this handbook is the first to bring together the latest theory and research on critical approaches to social psychological challenges.Read more …

New book: The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, 2nd Edition

Edited by Susan Schnieder and Max Velmans FAcSS, the highly-anticipated second edition of The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness offers a collection of readings that together represent the most thorough and comprehensive survey of the nature of consciousness available today. Read more …

Fellow re-elected Chair of the Millions Plus Group

Professor Dave Phoenix OBE FAcSS, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University has been re-elected the Chair of MillionPlus for another two years. Read more …

New book – Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

By Harold D. Clarke, Matthew Goodwin FAcSS, and Paul Whiteley FAcSS, this book is comprehensive study of Brexit, accessible to general readers, students and academics, combining theoretical and methodological rigour with clear storytelling. Read more …

New book – Anglophone Students: Abroad Identity, Social Relationships, and Language Learning

By Emeritus Professor Rosamond Mitchell FAcSS, Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Kevin McManus, Anglophone students abroad: Identity, social relationships and language learning presents the findings of a major study of British students of French and Spanish undertaking residence abroad. Read more …

New book – Rethinking sustainable cities: Accessible, green and fair

Edited by Professor David Simon FAcSS, this compact book is designed to make a signal contribution to the sustainable urbanisation agenda through authoritative interventions contextualising, assessing and explaining clearly the relevance and importance of three central characteristics of sustainable towns and cities everywhere, namely that they should be accessible, green and fair. Read more …

New book – Aging and Development: Social and Emotional Perspectives, 2nd Edition

By Peter G. Coleman FAcSS and Ann O’Hanlon, the second edition of Aging and Development is the only textbook available that responds to the growing interest in social, personal and emotional development in older age. Ideally suited to complement texts on cognitive change, the book provides a holistic developmental perspective on aging. Read more …

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2017 Annual General meeting and Elections to Council

The Annual General Meeting of the Academy of Social Sciences will take place on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 4.30pm at 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG. All Fellows are entitled to attend and each member learned society is entitled Read more …

The Oxford Handbook of Mutual, Co-Operative, and Co-Owned Business

Edited by Jonathan Michie FAcSS, Joseph R. Blasi, and Carlo Borzaga The Oxford Handbook of Mutuals and Co-Owned Business investigates all types of ‘member owned’ organizations, whether consumer co-operatives, agricultural and producer co-operatives, worker co-operatives, mutual building societies, friendly societies, Read more …

Lynn Jamieson FAcSS – Recovering the Social: revisiting the more than personal of personal life

Professor Jamieson’s presidential address, Recovering the Social: Revisiting the more than Personal Life, took place at the BSA Annual Conference on Thursday, 6 April. Read more …

New book – Research and evaluation for busy students and practitioners: A time saving guide

By Dr Helen Kara FAcSS, this book considers how students, academics and professionals alike can save time and stress without compromising the quality of their research or its outcomes. Read more …

Fellow wins BSA Distinguished Service to British Sociology award

The Academy would like to congratulate Professor Sara Arber FAcSS on being given the 2017 BSA Distinguished Service to British Sociology award. Read more …

New book: Mapping Paths to Family Justice: Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times

By Anne Barlow FAcSS, Rosemary Hunter FAcSS, Janet Smithson and Jan Ewing,this book is the first study systematically to compare different forms of family dispute resolution. Read more …

Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work, 10-14 July

Learn about the latest in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading international theorists. For qualitative researchers looking for stimulating engagements with theory, from doctoral students to more experienced researchers, in education, social sciences, health and caring professions, arts and humanities. Read more …

New book: Suicide in Prisons; Prisoners’ Lives Matter

By Professor Graham Towl FAcSS and Professor David Crighton FAcSS, ‘Suicide in Prisons; Prisoners’ Lives Matter’ is the definitive guide to this subject from two leading authors central to developments in this field. Read more …

Age UK/Optum Labs Workshop: Living longer, Living better – 19 Apr

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experts in social and economic research, in ageing and in big data analysis to identify opportunities for the increased role of socio-economic data to improve health outcomes for older people. Read more …

New books from Professor Helen Gunter FAcSS

Two new books – Consultants and Consultancy: the Case of Education and Corporate elites and the reform of public education – from Professor Helen Gunter FAcSS Read more …

Professor Dianne Berry OBE FAcSS to chair REF equality panel

The Academy would like to congratulate Professor Dianne Berry OBE FAcSS on being appointed chair of the Research Excellence Framework Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. Read more …

New book series: Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity

Edited by Dr Ron Iphofen FAcSS, Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity addresses new problems, issues and concerns in the fields of research ethics and research integrity. This series is unique in confronting these challenges head on by debating and suggesting realistic solutions that can be implemented in practice. Read more …

New book: Beyond Brexit? How to assess the UK’s future

As the UK negotiates Brexit, what are the effects, implications and challenges that lie ahead? Janice Morphet FAcSS takes a long term view on the range of institutional and operational options that may be deployed by the UK, EU and other international institutions seeking to influence the negotiations and outcome.Read more …

New book – Developing Metrics for Equity, Diversity and Competition: New measures for schools and universities

by Professor Anthony Kelly FAcSS Developing Metrics for Equity, Diversity and Competition is a groundbreaking book in the field of educational research. Equity, diversity and competition are critical to our understanding of social justice and the provision of effective education Read more …

Durham University Sexual Violence Taskforce reports

Tackling sexual violence at universities is becoming increasingly topical not just in the UK but in Australia, North America and Canada too. At Durham University a task force was set up for the period 2015/2016 Chaired by a PVC and Read more …

Call for Proposals: new series in Public Sociology

This is a new monograph series on public sociology which will include work that addresses public and community engagement and the relationship between sociologists and their publics, co-edited by Professor John Brewer FAcSS. Read more …

Robert Schuman Fellowship awarded to Philip Schlesinger FAcSS

Philip Schlesinger FAcSS, Professor in Cultural Policy, has been awarded a Robert Schuman Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.‌ Read more …

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival – The Vice Chancellor’s Lecture: Does Terrorism Work? – 29 March

This is the inaugural lecture in a new series in which the vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford invites an eminent figure to be in conversation with her. Read more …

Fellow awarded honorary doctorate by Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Professor Robert Jackson FAcSS will be awarded an honorary doctorate (Doc h.c.) by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, on 10th March. The degree is being awarded in recognition of Professor Jackson’s contributions to Education about religions and beliefs in an intercultural context in Norway and internationally. Read more …

New book: EU Cohesion Policy (Open Access)

This book brings together academics, members of European institutions, and regional and national level policymakers in order to assess the performance and direction of EU Cohesion policy against the background of the most significant reforms to the policy in a generation. Read more …

New book: The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research

Education as a relatively young academic discipline has continued to grow in stature and significance. Part of the growth of education has been in understanding the methodology and methods of educational research, an area which has matured over the last two decades. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the methodology that is establishing and extending new understandings of education. Read more …

New books from Professor Pawan Budhwar FAcSS

Three new books from Professor Pawan Budhwar FAcSS – The Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Middle East, Human Resource Management, Innovation and Performance:Looking across Levels and Indian Multinationals: Taking India to the World – are now available.Read more …

New book: A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations

From Professor Christopher Grey FAcSS, the fourth edition of A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations explains the unfolding consequences for organizations of the global financial and economic crisis, has been updated with examples from the biggest recent news events, and incorporates the latest research studies and up-to-date statistics. Read more …

Books by Professor Jeffrey Weeks OBE FAcSS

Jeffery Weeks OBE FAcSS is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University Read more …

Academy Fellows recognised in New Year’s Honours

The Academy is delighted to see several of its Fellows honoured for their work in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list and offers its congratulations: Paul Cheshire CBE FAcSS, professor of Economic Geography at the LSE. For services to economics Read more …

New book: Handbook of Research on Business Angels

Edited by Professor Hans Landström and Professor Colin Mason FAcSS, this book synthesizes 30 years of research on business angels by charting the significant role they play in the financing of entrepreneurial businesses in both developed and emerging economies. Read more …

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President’s Lunch 2016

Tuesday 13th December 2016 saw Professor Sir Ivor Crewe welcome 120 Fellows, Learned Societies and their guests to the annual President’s Lunch, held this year in the splendid surroundings of Ironmongers Hall near the Barbican in London.     As Read more …

Fellow wins THE Awards 2016 Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year

The Academy would like to congratulate Professor Alys Young FAcSS on being awarded the inaugural Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016. Read more …

New book – Towards a Deeper Understanding of Consciousness

Emeritus Professor Max Velmans FAcSS reflects on his long-spanning and varied career, considers the highs and lows in a brand new introduction and offers reactions to those who have responded to his published work over the years. Read more …

New book – York: Changing the Face of the City

Professor Sir Ron Cooke FAcSS brings together in one book a collection of his manifestos, research and at times controversial views on how York might change for the better. Read more …

New books from Professor Steve Hincliffe FAcSS

Humans, Animals and Biopolitics: The more-than-human condition and Pathological Lives: Disease, Space and Biopolitics are both available now.Read more …

Professor David Canter FAcSS – The People and The State

Professor David Canter FAcSS (editor of Contemporary Social Science) discusses the latest Special Issue ‘Populism, protest and democracy in the twenty-first century’ guest-edited by Professor Thomas O’Brien, in a new blog post. Read more …

Professor Nigel Driffield FAcSS for The Conversation – Why Britain Should Heed Japan’s Brexit Warning

Why Britain should heed Japan’s Brexit warning Nigel Driffield, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick Japan’s warning that its companies may move their operations outside of the UK if it fails to negotiate favourable Brexit terms is the first major Read more …

Fellow awarded inaugural Research Award of the Confederation of European Probation

Professor Peter Raynor FAcSS was presented with the inaugural Research Award of the Confederation of European Probation at its General Assembly in Bucharest in October, for ‘research which has had a major impact on probation practice’. Read more …

New book – Perspectives on Consumer Choice: From Behavior to Action, From Action to Agency

By Professor Gordon R. Foxall FAcSS, Perspectives on Consumer Choice provides an innovative methodology for the explanation of consumer choice, presents a genuinely multi-disciplinary portrayal of consumer behavior and includes outstanding contribution to social-scientific explanation. Read more …

New book – Grandfathers:Global Perspectives

Edited by Professor Ann Buchanan MBE FAcSS and Anna Rotkirch,this is the first book to bring together international scholars from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines, to discover what is known about grandfathers and analyse the impact of close involvement with their grandchildren. Read more …

AcSS Yorkshire Chapter meeting – a summary from Professor Jonathan Long FAcSS

Professor Jonathan Long attended the Yorkshire chapter of the Academy of Social Sciences on Wednesday 12 October, hosted by the University of York. In this post, he reflects on the issues raised at the meeting, including debating the ways in which social scientists can change the world. Read more …

New book – Improving Children’s Life Chances

This book brings together leading voices from academia and practice to discuss whether the government’s new life chances agenda is meaningful. Read more …

New book – Food, Families and Work

With dual-working households now the norm, Food, Families and Work is the first comprehensive study to explore how families negotiate everyday food practices in the context of paid employment. Read more …

New Book – Work-Life Balance in Times of Recession, Austerity and Beyond

This book – co-edited by Professor Stephen J Wood FAcSS – reflects the enormous interest in work-life balance and current pressing concerns about the impacts of austerity more broadly. Read more …

Professor James Crabbe FAcSS – Unlocking Skills Inside

As part of the RSA’s Criminal Justice/ Future Prisons theme, Professor James Crabbe FAcSS writes about the skills gap and the opportunity emerging for the further education sector to play a significant role in improving outcomes. Read more …

New book: Security Relations between China and the European Union: From Convergence to Cooperation?

This book seeks to explore a range of key themes in the field of EU-China security cooperation such as nuclear proliferation, international terrorist threats and cyber attacks. Read more …

New book – Empires and Bureaucracy in World History From Late Antiquity to the Twentieth Century

Featuring a sociological afterword by Emeritus Professor Sam Whimster FAcSS. Read more …

British Academy – Can reversing inequalities revive politics? – 19 Oct

Academy Fellows Professor Colin Crouch FAcSS and Professor Anne Phillips FAcSS will be among the speakers at ‘Can reversing inequalities revive politics?’, an event that forms part of the British Academy Debates on Inequalities. Read more …

Opportunity: mentoring and collaboration with researchers in developing countries

Would you like to help developing country researchers with publishing and communicating their research? Early career researchers in developing countries often need online assistance with planning and writing up their research, navigating the publishing process, career mentoring, or just finding Read more …

Fellows’ book wins award

‘Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure & Affordable Housing‘ by Tony Crook FAcSS, John Henneberry FAcSS & Christine Whitehead FAcSS – all of the University of Sheffield, has been awarded the Excellence in Planning Research Award  by the Royal Town Planning Institute, following Read more …

Fellow and AcSS council member appointed Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University

Professor Cara Aitchison FAcSS will begin her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University on 1st October 2016.Read more …

Professor Peter J Taylor FAcSS – Corporate Social Science and the Loss of Curiosity

Professor Peter J Taylor FAcSS reflects on the directions in which social science has moved in the twenty years since the issuing of the Gulbenkian Commission’s report, Open the Social Sciences. Read more …

Professor John Bynner FAcSS – Whatever happened to lifelong learning? And does it matter? – 14 Sept, British Academy

The Sir John Cass’s Foundation annual lecture series at the British Academy continues this year with a lecture on lifelong learning from Professor John Bynner FAcSS. Read more …

Emeritus Professor Geoff Harcourt FAcSS elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Harcourt FAcSS has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, the oldest such institution in Australia. Read more …

New Book – Policing the 2012 London Olympics: Legacy and Social Exclusion

by Gary Armstrong, Professor Richard Giulianotti FAcSS and Professor Dick Hobbs, this ethnography examines the everyday policing of the London Borough of Newham in relation to the London 2012 Olympics. Read more …

New books by Miriam E. David FAcSS

Two new books by Miriam E. David FAcSS – Reclaiming Feminism: Challenging Everyday Misogyny and A Feminist Manifesto for Education – are available to purchase now.
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Professor Sarah Childs FAcSS launches “The Good Parliament” report

Professor Sarah Childs FAcSS launched her report“The Good Parliament” on 20th July Read more …

Paul Adamson FAcSS: Podcast on Article 50 and beyond

Paul Adamson OBE FAcSS speaks to John-Claude Piris, former head of the EU Council Legal Service, on Brexit, Article 50 and beyond. Podcast on E!Sharp [summary from 14:05 on] Print version

Fellow named ESRC research director

Professor Tony McEnery FAcSS has been appointed research director of the ESRC, beginning October 2016. Professor McEnery is Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University and Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS). Read more …

New book – Locating Localism:Statecraft, citizenship and democracy

by Professor Jane Wills FAcSS Locating localism explores the development of localism as a new mode of statecraft and its implications for the practice of citizenship. Drawing on original research, Jane Wills highlights the importance of having the civic infrastructure Read more …

New book – Dismantling the NHS? Evaluating the impact of health reforms

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the NHS reforms ushered in by UK Coalition Government under the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, arguably the most extensive reforms ever introduced in the NHS. Read more …

New book – Occupational Psychology, Management Education and Consultancy

by Emeritus Professor Allan P O Williams FAcSS

Occupational Psychology, Management Education and Consultancy: A fifty-year narrative for academics striving to manage their careers in a competitive climate Read more …

New Book – Revisiting Insider–Outsider Research in Comparative and International Education

This volume recognises how many researchers across the social sciences, and in comparative and international education in particular, see themselves as insiders or outsiders or, more pertinently, shifting combinations of both, in the research process. Read more …

Professor Vernon Bognador CBE FAcSS continues his Gresham lectures for 2016-2017

Professor Vernon Bognador CBE FAcSS will give a series of lectures at Gresham College, beginning September 2016.Read more …

New books by Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE FAcSS

Two new books – InterAction: How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice? and Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies – from Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE FAcSS. Read more …

Fellow elected a Trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust

Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE FAcSS, Director of Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, has been elected a Trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust from May 2016. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology, of the Read more …

New book – Understanding The Olympics

By Professor John Horne FAcSS and Professor Garry Whannel – The most up-to-date and authoritative introduction to the Olympic Games, this book contains a full Olympic history timeline as well as illustrations, information boxes and ‘Olympic Stories’ in every chapter. Read more …

New book – Planetary Gentrification

By Professor Loretta Lees FAcSS, Dr Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto López-Morales – This book argues that gentrification is one of the most significant and socially unjust processes affecting cities worldwide today, and one that demands renewed critical assessment. Read more …

Professor Graham Towl FAcSS to Chair Durham University Sexual Violence Taskforce

Durham University is addressing the issue of sexual violence involving students with a new Sexual Violence Task Force, one of the first to be established in the UK. The Task Force is chaired by the former Chief Psychologist at the Ministry Read more …

New books by Emeritus Professor Peter K Smith FAcSS

Two new books – Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction and School Bullying in Different Cultures: Eastern and Western Perspectives – from Emeritus Professor Peter K. Smith FAcSS. Read more …

E!Sharp podcasts with Paul Adamson FAcSS

Paul Adamson FAcSS is the founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine about the European Union and its place in the world. He has produced a series of podcasts “in conversation with” personalities with a variety of views who may Read more …

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Professor John Benyon FAcSS – RIP

The Academy is greatly saddened to hear of the untimely death on 19th May 2016 of Fellow and former Council member Professor John Benyon FAcSS after a short battle against the cancer mesothelioma. John was the founder of the University Read more …

New book: Reclaiming Feminism

Miriam E David FAcSS. Policy Press, 2016. Since second-wave feminism of the 1970s, women’s rights and opportunities in education and employment have increased across the globe, but has equality, whether social, political or legal, really been achieved? In this book, Read more …

Professor Philip Schlesinger FAcSS re-appointed Visiting Professor at LSE

Professor Philip Schlesinger FAcSS, Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Deputy Director of CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, has been re-appointed to a Visiting Professorship in the Read more …

Leslie Budd FAcSS convenes Seminar: A European Dimension to Brexit

13 June 2016, 11:00 – 16:30 The Open University, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP A workshop organised by the Open Political Economy Group (OPEG) and the Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group (URESG) and supported by IKD Read more …

New Book – Vulnerability, Exploitation and Migrants:Insecure Work in a Globalised Economy

Globalization, the economic crisis and related policies of austerity have led to a growth in extreme exploitation at work, with migrants particularly vulnerable. This book explores the lives of the growing numbers of severely exploited labourers in the world today, questioning how we can respond to such globalized patterns of extreme inequality. Read more …

New books from Professor Richard Andrews FAcSS

Two new books – A Prosody of Free Verse:Explorations in Rhythm and The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research – from Professor Richard Andrews FAcSS. Read more …

Fellow appointed Head of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at University of East Anglia

The Academy would like to congratulate Professor Richard Andrews FAcSS on being appointed the Head of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia, beginning 6 July 2016. He has previously held the positions of Head Read more …

New books by Barbara Harriss-White FAcSS

Middle India and Urban-Rural Development:Four Decades of Change Middle India and Rural-Urban Development explores the socio-economic conditions of an ‘India’ that falls between the cracks of macro-economic analysis, sectoral research and micro-level ethnography. Its focus, the ‘middle India’ of small towns, Read more …

Book Launch – Cities for a Small Continent: International Handbook of City Recovery by Professor Anne Power CBE FAcSS, 24th May

LSE Housing and Communities and La Fabrique de la Cité invite you to a public lecture to launch a new book by Professor Anne Power Cities for a Small Continent: International Handbook of City Recovery Tuesday 24th May 2016, 6.30-8pm Read more …

Brighton University Annual Social Science Lecture – Fairness and the City: the need for a better politics, 19th May

Professor Danny Dorling FAcSS, Halford Mackinder Professor at the University of Oxford Date:19 May 2016 Time:5.30-7pm Venue:Huxley Lecture Theatre Of the richest 25 countries in the world the UK has become one of the most unequal and is on course Read more …

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Fellow Appointed Executive Dean for Social Sciences at Essex

The Academy is delighted to note that Academy Fellow, Professor Sasha Roseneil FAcSS has been appointed as Executive Dean for the renowned Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex. Essex’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster FAcSS, said: “I am Read more …

Fellow appointed Vice-Chancellor at University of Sussex

The Academy offers sincere congratulations to Professor Adam Tickell FAcSS on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. Professor Tickell, current Provost and Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham, will take up the post in September 2016. Professor Read more …

The Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology-UK (AsSIST-UK) launch – April 6th

Co-chaired by Professor Andrew Webster FAcSS On April 6th, a new professional association for scholars working in the field of science, technology and innovation studies was launched. The Association for Studies in Innovation Science and Technology-UK, whose website can be Read more …

New Book – Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography

edited by Iain Hay FAcSS Now in its fourth edition, Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography continues to offer a practical, in-depth guide to understanding and conducting qualitative research in human geography. Featuring contributions from leading Canadian, American, and international Read more …

New Book: An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research

edited by Professor Linda McKie FAcSS and Professor Louise Ryan FAcSS Research data are everywhere. In our everyday interactions, through social media, credit cards and even public transport, we generate and use data. The challenge for sociologists is how to collect, Read more …

New Book: Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich

edited by Iain Hay FAcSS and Jonathan V. Beaverstock Fewer than 100 people own and control more wealth than 50 per cent of the world’s population. The Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich is a unique examination of both the Read more …

New Book – Critical Management Studies: Global Voices, Local Accents

edited by Professor Christopher Grey FAcSS, Isabelle Huault, Véronique Perret and Laurent Taskin Critical Management Studies (CMS) is often dated from the publication of an edited volume bearing that name (Alvesson and Willmott, 1992). In the two decades that have followed, Read more …

New Book – Secrecy at Work: The Hidden Architecture of Organizational Life

by Jana Costa and Professor Christopher Grey FAcSS Secrecy is endemic within organizations, woven into the fabric of our lives at work. Yet, until now, we’ve had an all-too-limited understanding of this powerful organizational force. Secrecy is a part of Read more …

DASSH (UK) Conference – The Election: One Year On

      The Election: One Year On: Policy change and challenges for Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities of the UK (DASSH UK) Summer Conference 2016 12-13 May 2016 Grand Connaught Read more …

New book: Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise The UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

by Professor Susan Owens OBE FAcSS This book presents a fascinating analysis of expertise and policy formation, based on an in-depth study of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. The Commission provided expert advice to governments from 1970 to Read more …

CECAN – New centre to measure the effectiveness of UK energy, water, environment and food policies

A new national research hub, initiated by a consortium of leading UK bodies, will be developing new ways to measure the effectiveness of domestic policies on energy, water, environment and food (the ‘nexus’), and how they affect wider society. The Read more …

New Book – World Anthropologies in Practice: Situated Perspectives, Global Knowledge

edited by Professor John Gledhill FAcSS In a post-colonial world, the contributions of anthropologists living outside North America and Western Europe can no longer be treated as marginal. World Anthropologies in Practice demonstrates how global dialogues enable us to draw Read more …

New Book – All Our Welfare:Towards Participatory Social Welfare

by Professor Peter Beresford OBE FAcSS The UK welfare state is under sustained ideological and political attack. It has also been undermined by accusations of paternalism and past failures to engage with the very people it is intended to help.This unique Read more …

New Book – Preventing Self-injury and Suicide in Womens’ Prisons

By Dr Tammi Walker and Professor Graham Towl FAcSS In 2015 the landmark suicide of the 100th woman to kill herself in prison custody passed largely unnoticed. This book by two experts sets out to redress the balance by examining Read more …

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Call for Papers on terrorism – Contemporary Social Science

Knowing terrorism: ethics, methods and politics of researching political violence The attacks of 9/11 still casts a long shadow over foreign and domestic policy agendas in the US, the UK and many other countries. The launch of the ‘Global War Read more …

Fellow to lead Scottish Science Advisory Council

Paul Boyle FAcSS (left) has been appointed to chair a “revitalised” Scottish Science Advisory Council. Professor Boyle has been named as one of seven academics to form a council to provide science advice to Scottish ministers. He currently serves as President and Read more …

New Book: Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South

Sylvia Chant FAcSS and Cathy McIlwaine. Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South: Towards a Feminised Urban Future. Routledge, 2016. Developing regions are set to account for the vast majority of future urban growth, and women and girls will become the Read more …

New Book: Educational Access, Equity and Development

Educational Access, Equity and Development: Planning to Make Rights Realities. Keith M Lewin FAcSS. Unesco, 2015. Universal access to learning through basic education lies at the heart of development. Despite consistent efforts over 25 years, more than 250 million children still Read more …

New book: Household Recycling and Consumption Work

Kathryn Wheeler and Miriam Glucksmann FAcSS. Palgrave, 2016. Consumers are not usually incorporated into the sociological concept of ‘division of labour’, but using the case of household recycling, this book shows why this foundational concept needs to be revised. Pre-order Read more …

New books: Post-Keynesian Essays from Down Under

Post-Keynesian Essays from Down Under: Theory and Policy from an Historical Perspective. Selected essays in four volumes. Geoff Harcourt FAcSS, Joseph Halevi, Peter Kriesler and JW Nevile. Palgrave, 2016. Volume 1: Essays on Keynes, Harrod and Kalecki, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Read more …

Professor Geoff Harcourt FAcSS receives University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Award

The Academy congratulates Professor Geoff Harcourt AO FAcSS on receipt of this award. Read full citation [pdf]   Print version

New Book – Addiction as Consumer Choice: Exploring the Cognitive Dimension

Gordon R Foxall FAcSS. Routledge, 2016. Pre-order A striking characteristic of addictive behavior is the pursuit of immediate reward at the risk of longer-term detrimental outcomes. It is typically accompanied by the expression of a strong desire to cease from Read more …

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Academy Fellows recognised in New Year Honours

The Academy congratulates six of its Fellows on their recognition in the 2016 New Year Honours list: Professor Dame Henrietta Moore DBE FAcSS, Director, Institute for Global Prosperity and Chair, Culture, Philosophy and Design, University College London. For services to Read more …

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President’s Lunch 2015

‘Devolution for Wales has created a social policy institution and the National Assembly does the things that social scientists think about every day’, said Mark Drakeford AM, speaking at the Academy’s annual President’s Lunch, held this year at the National Read more …

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UK Training Needs in Advanced Social Science Research Methods – New NCRM Report

The ESRC National Centre for Research Methods has just published a report by Gabriele Durrant, Rebekah Luff, Rose Wiles and Graham Crow FAcSS following a comprehensive consultation on the UK Training Needs in Advanced Social Science Research Methods. The aim Read more …

Sussex Ethics Symposium: have we become too ethical?

9 November, 2015 University of Sussex Conference Centre, 10:00 – 17:15 Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH Over the last two decades ethical review by committee has become compulsory for all UK-funded research involving human subjects. Concern: When is ethics review too Read more …

New book – Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise: The UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1970-2011

Susan Owens FAcSS. Oxford University Press, 2015. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the Commission’s work and influence, as well as addressing wider questions about science and politics, authority and trust, and expert advisory practices in modern democracies. The Read more …

New book: Butler and Ethics

Moya Lloyd FAcSS (Ed.). Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 9 essays give the first sustained evaluation of Judith Butler’s alleged ethical turn Judith Butler is best known for Gender Trouble (1990), the book that introduced the idea of gender performativity. However, Read more …

HEA Teaching and Learning in Social Sciences Conference

The HEA will hold a two-day teaching and learning in Social Sciences conference, which will take place on 3–4 December 2015 at The Studio, Manchester. The conference keynote will be delivered by Steve Wheeler, Plymouth University and Professor Claire McGourlay, University Read more …

Fellows receive lifetime achievement awards from BERA

Since 2014 BERA has awarded the John Nisbet Fellowship to one or more people who are deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to educational research over their career. Named in honour of our first President, this award recognises individuals who Read more …

ESRC Early Career Survey

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are keen to understand the experiences and issues faced by early-career social scientists. Therefore, they have commissioned a survey from researchers at the UCL Institute of Education to enable improvements to be made Read more …

Vacancy on UK National Screening Committee

The UK NSC advises ministers and the NHS in the 4 UK countries on all aspects of screening policy, and supports implementation. It assesses the evidence for screening programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria. We are seeking members Read more …

International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy

The latest issue of the Academy’s journal Contemporary Social Science is now available. This is a themed issue on the topic of ‘International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy’, guest edited by Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, Professor Susanne MacGregor Read more …

Scientific Advice to Governments – call for papers

Palgrave Communications is inviting submissions and article proposals for a thematic collection dedicated to Scientific Advice to Governments. The collection is Guest Edited by Sir Peter Gluckman (Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand & Chair, International Network for Government Read more …

E!Sharp – new site and call for contributions, Paul Adamson FAcSS

Paul Adamson FAcSS is the Editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine featuring analysis on the affairs of the European Union, with the aim of offering thought-provoking and accessible insight. He writes: We at E!Sharp want our new site to be the Read more …

Higher Education Academy – Board vacancy

HEFCE are seeking a nominee from the higher education (HE) sector to represent the four UK HE funding bodies on the Board of Directors of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The appointment is for an initial term of up to three Read more …

UCL Behaviour Change Conference 2016

In February 2016 UCL Behaviour Change will run their 2nd  Behaviour change conference – on Digital Health and Wellbeing, after a very successful 1st conference earlier this year. Registration and call for abstracts now open at www.ucl.ac.uk/behaviour-change/CBC_Conference_2016 Download flyer Print version

New book: The Multi-generational and Aging Workforce

Ron Burke, Cary L. Cooper FAcSS and Alexander Antoniou  (Eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub., 2015 The workforce is aging as people live longer and healthier lives, and mandatory retirement has become a relic of the past. Though workforces have always Read more …

New book: Handbook of Research on Work-Life Balance in Asia

Luo Lu and Cary L. Cooper FAcSS (Eds). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub., 2015 In Asian societies, work and family issues are only recently beginning to gain attention. The pressure of rapid social change and increasing global competition is compounded by Read more …

UKES London network 24th Sep: Making Sense of Evaluation

This training workshop aims to make sense of the different reasons for and approaches to evaluation to maximise the possibility that evaluation in practice will be useful for those it is intended to serve. This workshop will focus on the critical foundations of evaluation practice and would be of interest to people who carry out evaluation as well as those who are responsible for managing and using evaluation in their professional environments.

Led by Georgie Parry-Crooke FAcSS

Thursday, 24th September 2015. 10:30 to 5 p.m. London Metropolitan University, Holloway RoadRead more …

Defra Vacancies

Defra is currently looking for high calibre scientists and social scientists for public appointment positions on the boards of a range of its public bodies this autumn. These include: Adaptation Sub-Committee (of the Committee on Climate Change): An economist with an understanding Read more …

Fellows appointed to House of Lords

The Academy congratulates David Blunkett FAcSS and David Willetts FAcSS on their elevation to the House of Lords.Read more …

New book – Social Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Richard J. Crisp, FAcSS. Oxford University Press, 2015. Science is often considered a quest to understand the physical universe: How atoms, molecules, and materials interact to determine our fate. Yet to the social scientist, understanding how we live, work, and Read more …

New book: The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council

Gillian Doyle, Philip Schlesinger FAcSS, Raymond Boyle and Lisa Kelly. Edinburgh University Press, 2015. Drawing on interviews with leading film executives, politicians and industry stakeholders, including Alan Parker, Stewart Till and Tim Bevan, this book provides an empirically grounded analysis Read more …

Member discount – new book: The SAGE Handbook of Research Management

Robert Dingwall FAcSS – Dingwall Enterprises Ltd. Mary Byrne McDonnell – Social Science Research Council, USA The Handbook of Research Management is a tool for the newly promoted research leader. Larger-scale projects are becoming more common throughout the social sciences Read more …

New Book: Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Arts and Culture

Laurie Hanquinet, Mike Savage FAcSS (Eds.). Routledge, 2016. The Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Arts and Culture offers a comprehensive overview of sociology of art and culture, focusing especially – though not exclusively – on the visual arts, literature, Read more …

Book Launch: Thinking about behaviour change: an interdisciplinary dialogue

S Christmas, S Michie FAcSS and West R (forthcoming).  London: Silverback Publishing, 2015. This new volume will be launch on the evening of November 11th  2015. Details will be announced soon at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/behaviour-change Print version

New book – The Politics of Fear

Ruth Wodak FAcSS, SAGE, 2015. Populist right-wing politics is moving centre-stage, with some parties reaching the very top of the electoral ladder: but do we know why, and why now? In this book Ruth Wodak traces the trajectories of such Read more …

New book – Curators of Cultural Enterprise

Philip Schlesinger FAcSS, Melanie Selfe, Elasaid Munro. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Curators of Cultural Enterprise is based on the authors’ fieldwork inside Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO), a small Scottish agency that supports creative businesses. For a year, the research team had Read more …

New book – Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Richard Guilianotti FAcSS (Ed.), Routledge, 2016. The sociology of sport is a core discipline within the academic study of sport. It helps us to understand what sport is and why it matters. Sociological knowledge, implicit or explicit, therefore underpins scholarly Read more …

Fellow appointed Standing Advisor to Education Select Committee

The Academy congratulates Professor Becky Francis FAcSS on her appointment as Standing Advisor to the Committee for the first year of the new Parliament. Print version

New book: The Routledge Companion to Consumer Behaviour Analysis

Gordon R Foxall FAcSS (Ed.). Routledge, 2016. The Routledge Companion to Consumer Behavior Analysis provides a combination of behavioral, cognitive and environmental perspectives to illuminate the real-world complexities of consumer choice in a marketing-oriented economy. Edited by a leading authority Read more …

New Book: Surveillance after Snowden

David Lyon FAcSS, Polity Press, 2015 In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA and its partners had been engaging in warrantless mass surveillance, using the internet and cellphone data, and driven by fear of terrorism under the sign of Read more …

Fellows elected to British Academy

The Academy congratulates five of its Fellows on their election to the British Academy: Read more …

From Here to There: Positioning Higher Education Institutions

2015 European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR) Forum. Krems, Austria.  (EAIR) 29th August to 2 September 2015. EAIR are delighted to announce that the Danube University Krems, Austria is organising this year’s Annual Forum. They are welcoming a vibrant community Read more …

Fellows’ work GO-Science Newcastle City Futures 2065 published

The Government Office for Science Foresight-funded report Newcastle City Futures 2065 was published last week (Friday 17th July 2015). The work is the product of 15 months effort by John Goddard FAcSS, Paul Cowie and Mark Tewdwr-Jones FAcSS, and has Read more …

Fellow awarded ECPR Lifetime Achievement Award

The recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) was Professor R.A.W. Rhodes FAcSS, Professor of Government (Research) at the University of Southampton and at Griffith University and Emeritus Professor of Politics at Read more …

AGM welcomes new Council members and bids farewell to retirees

The Academy held its 16th Annual General Meeting yesterday (2nd July 2015) at 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG. Before the event, Professor John Urry FAcSS gave the Academy Annual Lecture 2015, on Offshore Worlds and Social Futures. Watch here The Read more …

Fellows Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Academy is delighted to note that the contribution to national life made by three of its Fellows has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published on 13th June 2015. Professor Jane Falkingham FAcSS [left], Dean, Faculty of Social and Read more …

Fellows Become Vice Chancellors

The Academy is delighted to see that two more of its Fellows are taking up senior leadership positions within UK universities. Professor Stuart Croft FAcSS (right) steps up to become the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Warwick. Read more …

Fellows Make Impact

The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prizes 2015 have included two Academy Fellows amongst their winners. The Academy congratulates: Professor Colin Mason FAcSS of the University of Glasgow who, with Professor Richard Harrison of Edinburgh University, was awarded the prize for Outstanding Read more …

New book: Explorations in urban and regional dynamics

Joel Dearden and Alan Wilson FAcSS, Explorations in urban and regional dynamics: a case study in complexity science, Routledge, London and New York, 2015. The task of modelling the evolution of cities – the dynamics – is one of the Read more …

New Funding Programmes – Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation has launched two new funding programmes, Economic Advantage and Disadvantage, and Finances of Ageing. Both are open to applications for research and innovation projects. Economic Advantage and Disadvantage will fund projects that examine the distribution of all aspects of individual Read more …

Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales

The Academy congratulates its fellows Professor John Baylis FAcSS and Professor Carole Pateman FAcSS on their election to Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales. Read more …

Prestigious RGS-IBG awards for three Academy Fellows

The Academy is delighted to hear that three of its Fellows have received awards from the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers. The Royal Medals, which have been approved by Her Majesty the Queen, are amongst the highest honours Read more …

Council member receives award

The Academy is delighted to note that the Association of American Geographers is awarding the 2015 AAG Ronald F Abler Distinguished Service Honor to Dr Rita Gardner CBE FAcSS, who sits on the Academy’s Council, along with Dr John Frazier. Rita Gardner is Read more …

4th Annual IPSA-NUS Research Methods School

The 4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, June 8-19, 2015. This year’s Methods School offers thirteen quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods courses, such as Bayesian Analysis, Case Read more …

Harcourt Symposium Introduction: Sustainability and Development

Article: Professor Emeritus Geoff C Harcourt FAcSS gives an introductory commentary on six divergent responses to the 2013 ‘Marglin Manifesto’ [paywall link], proposing basic principles that might guide the quest to combine ecological sustainability with equitably redistributive development. Read more …

New Book: Understanding and Measuring Morphological Complexity

Edited by Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, and Greville G. Corbett FAcSS Oxford University Press, 2015 This book aims to assess the nature of morphological complexity, and the properties that distinguish it from the complexity manifested in other components of language. Read more …

Dr Alan Holmans CBE FAcSS – RIP

The Academy is sorry to learn that one of its Fellows, Dr Alan Holmans CBE FAcSS (pictured left), died, peacefully, on the 27th March 2015 at the age of eighty. Alan was particularly well known by both academics and practitioners Read more …

Origination: the Geographies of Brands and Branding

Professor Andy Pike FAcSS. Wiley, 2015. This book: Provides conceptualization and theorization to facilitate an understanding of the geographical dimensions of brands and branding Challenges current interpretations of brands as vehicles of homogenization in globalization Establishes the theoretical and conceptual Read more …

New book by Fellow: Media, Environment and the Network Society

Alison Anderson FAcSS, Palgrave (2014) Media, Environment and the Network Society provides a far-reaching analysis of the shifting role of the media in covering some of the most important global environmental challenges we face today. Anderson examines the influential theory of Read more …

New book by Fellows: Strategic Management in Public Services Organizations

This volume sets out to connect the two traditionally disparate academic literatures of public management and strategic management. The authors argue that some models of strategic management are now of enhanced relevance for contemporary public services organizations, especially when considering successive New Public Management reforms. This observation has important consequences for Read more …

BSA-BL Equality Lecture: Shami Chakrabarti ‘On Liberty’

Shami Chakrabarti considers the pressures the rule of law and human rights are under today British Library, London, Mon 22 Jun 2015, 18:30 – 20:00 Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty delivers the fifth Annual British Sociological Association / British Library Equality Read more …

New book by Fellows: It’s the Economy, Stupid

While good economic news can send popularity sky-rocketing, bad performance can blight a party’s election chances for years. But, with policies often working with time lags, it’s rarely clear who is responsible for what – especially when their stances on the biggest issues of the day – immigration, the EU, the NHS – are clouded in rhetoric rather than grounded in hard economic fact.

It’s the Economy, Stupid sets out to change all that. Read more …

ESRC Committee Vacancies

The ESRC is currently seeking to appoint new members to the Committees of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Further details, including vacancy specifications and application forms are currently available on the ESRC website at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx Applications, with a CV Read more …

New Book by Fellow: Education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

This book provides an analysis of education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Leading writers from throughout this Read more …

DFID seeks new CSA

The Department for International Development is seeking a Chief Scientific Adviser and Director Research & Evidence, to be based in London or East Kilbride, Glasgow. Part-time secondment from an academic institution is possible. The application deadline is 9th April 2015. Read more …

Chair of Council lectures at ECB

Professor Sir Cary Cooper FAcSS has been invited by the European Central Bank to deliver a lecture to the senior management of the bank in Frankfurt on the 12th March in the ECB HQ on the topic of ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’.Read more …

A Theory of Contestation: New Book by Fellow

The Theory of Contestation advances critical norms research in international relations. It scrutinises Read more …

The Importance of Innovation

Innovation is considered to provide the basis of future economic development. Industrialised countries, which do have strong structures in modern industries, a highly skilled labour force and leading edge research, manage to perform well in periods of crises. This helps to Read more …

Why the Social Sciences Matter – new book

Why the Social Sciences Matter was the focus of a special event staged by its publishers on 19th February 2015 in London, which saw a highly engaged audience hear a series of stimulating speeches prompting them to consider the way Read more …

Fellow nominated for Guardian University Award

The Academy congratulates Professor Sir Steve Smith FAcSS, Vice Chancellor  and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter, on his nomination for ‘most inspiring leader’ in the Guardian University Awards 2015. Click here for more Print version

New Book by Fellow: Health Humanities

This new book by Professor Paul Crawford FAcSS and colleagues provides the world’s first manifesto for the new field of health humanities. Professor Crawford pioneered the global development of health humanities in 2008, founding both the International Health Humanities Network and Read more …

New Book by Fellow: Communication in Accounting Education

Accounting, often described as “the language of business”, requires a diverse set of written and oral communication skills if those who practise it are to be effective. Given the pace of change relating to, for example, the evolution of international accounting standards Read more …

New Book by Fellow: RESEARCHING ACCOUNTING EDUCATION – Australian Contributions

This book is not a conventional anthology (i.e. one focussing on a specific theme such as audit education, communication in accounting education, or the interface between accounting education and professional training). Instead, it Read more …

New book by Fellow: Reconsidering Localism

Edited by Simin Davoudi (FAcSS) and Ali Madanipour, 2015, Routledge, RTPI Library Series   ‘Localism’ has been deployed in recent debates over planning law as an anodyne, grassroots way to shape communities into sustainable, human-scale neighbourhoods. But “local” is a moving Read more …

Society for Educational Studies Prizewinner: Does Religious Education work?

This volume draws upon a range of methodologies to understand more fully the practices, policies and resources available in and to religious education in British schools. The descriptions, explanations and analyses undertaken here draw on a combination of Read more …

New Book: “It’s the Economy Stupid: Economics for Voters”

This new book has been produced by Professor Andy Ross, a member of the Academy’s Council and former Deputy Director of the Government Economic Service, Professor Vicky Pryce FAcSS and Professor Peter Urwin. It will be published by Biteback Publishing Read more …

Policy Briefing: Local and National Alcohol Policy

Professors Virginia Berridge FAcSS and Susanne MacGregor FAcSS and colleagues at the LSHTM History Centre have produced this policy briefing [pdf] on the subject of Local and National Alcohol Policy: how do they interact? The project was funded by the Wellcome Trust Read more …

New Books: Accounting Education

PERSONAL TRANSFERABLE SKILLS IN ACCOUNTING EDUCATION Kim Watty, Beverley Jackling & Richard M. S. Wilson, FAcSS Abingdon, U.K. & New York, U.S.A.: Routledge, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-138-81830-9    (pp. v + 182) The development of personal transferable skills (also referred to as Read more …

Diversities of Innovation: The Role of Government Policies for the Future Economic Basis of Societies

Innovation is often understood exclusively in the light of economy, but it is definitely the outcome of human labour and the relationship among individuals and groups. Some societies and governmental structures are clearly more successful than others: they perform divergently Read more …

Social Scientists are as Vital as Engineers, argues Fellow

Professor Jonathan Michie FAcSS, co-editor with Professor Sir Cary Cooper FAcSS, of Why the Social Sciences Matter has written eloquently about the need for social science input into the the greatest challenges of our time, for the Guardian Higher Education Read more …

HEFCE Seeks Members for new Strategic Advisory Committee

HEFCE is establishing a new Strategic Advisory Committee to support the work of the Regulation and Assurance Directorate. HEFCE is keen to recruit members from senior/leadership levels of education, business, industry, and the professions, as well as regulatory bodies that Read more …

New Book: Indian Capitalism in Development

Barbara Harriss-White FAcSS and Judith Heyer, Routledge, 2015 Recognising the different ways that capitalism is theorised, this book explores various aspects of contemporary capitalism in India. Using field research at a local level to engage with larger issues, it raises Read more …

Chair of Council’s book is Times Book of the Week

The latest publication by the Academy’s Chair of Council, Professor Sir Cary Cooper FAcSS, has been chosen by the Times newspaper as its Book of the Week. The paper writes of ‘Solving the Strategy Delusion’ by Marc Stigter and Cary Read more …

Social Scientists Recognised in New Year’s Honours

The Academy congratulates all Fellows and other social scientists whose contribution to the nation has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. In particular we note: Professor Sir Julian Le Grand FAcSS, Richard Titmuss professor of social policy at Read more …

NEW BOOK BY FELLOW

Professor Ronald Barnett FAcSS: Thinking and Rethinking the University: The Selected Works of Ronald Barnett, Routledge 2015 (World Educationalists Series) In the World Library of Educationalists series, international scholars compile career-long selections of what they judge to be among their Read more …

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards: Call for Proposals

The British Academy is pleased to announce that it is now inviting applications to the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEAs) 2015 – a new programme of funding designed to extend our existing level of support to a broader Read more …

John Oates awarded for services to Hungarian people

Professor John Oates FAcSS, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education & Language Studies at the Open University, has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary for his exemplary work and tireless efforts for the Read more …

Appointments to ESRC Council 2015

The ESRC’s Appointments Panel is seeking applications from an experienced individual from the Public Sector, (local government/ executive agency/ NDPB/ devolved administration) to fill a vacancy on its governing Council. This vacancy is for part-time, fixed term membership and the total Read more …

New Book by Fellow

The Interface of Accounting Education and Professional Training Elaine Evans,  Roger Juchau  &  Richard M S Wilson, FAcSS  Abingdon, U.K.  &  New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.  2014   (pp vi + 150) ISBN:  978-1-138-84176-5 Over many decades the global development of professional accounting Read more …

New Book by Fellow

Sustainability in Accounting Education Maria Cadiz Dyball,  Ian Thomson  &  Richard M S Wilson, FAcSS,  Abingdon, U.K.  &  New York, U.S.A.: Routledge, 2014  (pp xii + 137) ISBN: 978-1-138-77973-0 Accounting sustainably involves accounting for and to the natural environment, and accounting Read more …

Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group (URESG) Meeting

22-23 January 2015                                                                 Edinburgh, UK The next meeting of the Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group is to be held in conjunction with Policy Scotland and the Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD).  This will be take place in Read more …

Call for Papers – Upcoming Special Issues of ‘Contemporary Social Science’

1. Social Inequality and Its Consequences in the 21st Century  Guest editor: Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University [email protected] Papers are invited dealing with ‘Social Inequality and Its Consequences in 21st Century Societies’. Papers that give attention to newer aspects of social Read more …

Sir Andrew Dilnot tells Oxford Fellows Chapter that British political culture lacks numerical understanding

British political culture has a hole at its heart, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority told a recent meeting of the Academy’s Oxford Fellows Chapter – and the gap is a basic understanding of numbers and proportion. Sir Andrew Read more …

New book: When the Party’s Over

When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective Edited by Christopher Hood FAcSS, David Heald FAcSS, and Rozana Himaz OUP/British Academy, 2014 This book focuses on the politics of fiscal squeeze, seeking to take a longer view than typical Read more …

Education Committee Evidence Check Forum

The Education Committee is hosting an online forum for members of the public to evaluate evidence from the Department for Education (DfE) on nine topics, along with the Department’s use of evidence. Read more …

What Works Wellbeing Funding – Call for Proposals

Bid proposals are invited for funding to undertake evidence programmes to underpin a new and independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing. The Centre has initial funding of over £4.3 million over three years, and the funding available for each evidence programme is between £875,000 and £1.063 million Read more …

Fellow appointed to Ofcom Content Board

Professor Philip Schlesinger FAcSS has been appointed to the Ofcom Content Board to represent the interests of the people of Scotland. Philip has been a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland since 2004 and its Chairman since 2009 – Read more …

Devolution and Federalism in a Post-Referendum UK

URESG Meeting: 22-23 January 2015 Edinburgh, UK                                                                   Read more …

Establishment and Meritocracy

New book by Fellow:

Hennessy, Peter. Establishment and Meritocracy. London: Haus Publishing, 2014.

Like so many of his postwar generation, Peter Hennessy climbed the ladders of opportunity set up by the 1944 Education Act that were designed to craft a more meritocratic society. In this highly personal essay, Read more …

Call for Papers – 28th IASP World Congress

The 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) will be held in Montreal, Canada from June 16 to 20, 2015. This biannual event, sponsored by the World Health Organization, is the world’s largest gathering of researchers, Read more …

The Problem with Democracy

The Academy is delighted to announce a new public lecture series in collaboration with the British Library, replacing the highly successful ‘Myths and Realities’ series which completed last year. Wednesday 26 Nov 2014, 18.30-20.00 Where: Terrace Restaurant Price: £8, (£6 Read more …

New Book: Inequality and the 1%

Professor Danny Dorling FAcSS, Verso, 2014

Video lecture on the topic Read more …

Academy’s Chair voted ‘Most Influential HR Thinker’

HR Magazine voted the Academy’s Chair, Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE FAcSS as the most influential HR thinker for 2014. The magazine says of the award: “HR Most Influential is an annual list that celebrates the most influential players in Read more …

Professor Michael Keating FAcSS elected to Academia Europaea

Professor Michael Keating FAcSS of the University of Aberdeen has been invited to membership of the Academia Europaea, following the latest round of nominations. Read more …

Multilingual Encounters in Europe’s Institutional Spaces.

New book by Fellow Unger, J., Krzyzanowski, M. & Wodak, R. (eds) 2014 Multilingual Encounters in Europe’s Institutional Spaces. London: Bloomsbury Ruth Wodak FAcSS has recently published this new book. Multilingual encounters have been commonplace in many types of institutions, Read more …

The Discourse Studies Reader. Main Currents in Theory and Analysis.

New book by Fellow The Discourse Studies Reader Main currents in theory and analysis Edited by Johannes Angermuller, Dominique Maingueneau and Ruth Wodak FAcSS University of Warwick / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris / University of Paris-Sorbonne Read more …

Understanding the Constructions of Identity by Young New Europeans: Kaleidoscopic Identities.

New Book by Fellow Alistair Ross FAcSS, Understanding the Constructions of Identity by Young New Europeans: Kaleidoscopic Identities. London: Routledge. [Download flyer with 20% discount voucher here: http://alistairross.eu/onewebmedia/Flyer%20Understanding%20the%20Constructions%20of%20Identities.docx ] ‘We have so much to learn from this work and so much Read more …

National Academy Heads meet in Edinburgh

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE FAcSS, the Chair of the Academy, joined fellow Heads of National Academies at the recent Royal Society of Edinburgh Triennial Dinner. Heads of National Academies from Europe also joined the meeting and held their own Read more …

What do research staff do next?

The ‘What do research staff do next?’ project, run by Vitae, explores what research staff (postdoctoral researchers, research fellows, etc) do after they leave university and how they make this transition. The survey results will provide an  insight into potential employment Read more …

3rd International Health Humanities Conference FINAL CFP

Traumatextualities: Trauma in the clinical, arts and humanities contexts, 5-7 September 2014, The University of Nottingham

With the centenary of WW1, the occasion to reflect on the broader realities of conflicts and their traumas is of paramount importance. We are looking for papers that will engage with the topics of war, conflict, trauma, PTSD, among others, in a diverse array of contexts, past or present, military and non-military. Read more …

Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS elected to Council

Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS, formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Roehampton University and now Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been elected by the Academy’s Fellows to its Council to serve a three year term, renewable Read more …

Academicians now ‘Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences’

A vote at an EGM associated with the Academy’s AGM on 3rd July saw overwhelming support for Council’s recommendation to change the title conferred on individual members of the Academy from ‘Academician’ to ‘Fellow’, bringing the Academy’s practice into line Read more …

New books by Barbara Harriss-White FAcSS

New Books:  Barbara Harriss-White FAcSS 2014 Dalits and Adivasis in India’s Business Economy New Delhi, Three Essays Press India’s founding fathers and neo-liberalisers alike expected economic development to dissolve ‘archaic’ forms of exchange, but the modern Indian economy remains embedded Read more …

Call for Abstracts: Transience and Permanence in Urban Development

This will be a small, research intensive workshop examining transience and permanence in urban development.

Proposals are invited for original papers to be presented at the workshop and subsequently to be considered for inclusion in a significant joint publication.

The deadline for applications is 14 July 2014. Decisions on the workshop invitations will be made by 28 July. Full papers will be required by 31 December 2014. Read more …

New book: Feminism, Gender and Universities

Drawing on the ‘collective biography’ of leading feminist scholars from around the world and current evidence relating to gender equality in education, this book employs methods including biographies, life histories, and narratives to show how the feminist project to transform women’s lives in the direction of gender and social equality became an educational and pedagogical one.

Professor Miriam E. David AcSS – for discount flyer Read more …

Academy Chair and other Social Scientists Honoured

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE FAcSS, Chair of the Academy’s Council since 2009, has been created Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to social science. A leading media commentator and researcher in organisational psychology, Professor Cooper’s work Read more …

New book: Offshoring

John Urry AcSS, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014 The concealment of income, wealth and profits in tax havens has brought the topic of offshoring into public debate but, as John Urry shows in this new book, offshoring is a much more Read more …

New book: Disputing Citizenship

John Clarke AcSS, Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino and Catherine Neveu. Policy Press, 2014. Citizenship is always in dispute – in practice as well as in theory – but conventional perspectives do not address why the concept of citizenship is so Read more …

New book: The Inner Life of the Dying Person

A psychology & sociology of dying by Professor Allan Kellehear AcSS. Columbia University Press, 2014 This book recounts the experience of facing one’s death solely from the dying person’s point of view rather than from the perspective of caregivers, survivors, Read more …

Pedagogical Cases in Physical Education and Youth Sport

Academician, Professor Kathy Armour AcSS of the University of Birmingham has recently published Pedagogical Cases in Physical Education and Youth Sport. (From the publisher’s website) Pedagogical Cases in Physical Education and Youth Sport is a completely new kind of resource Read more …

John Westergaard RIP

The Academy is saddened to hear of the death of one of the foremost sociologists of his era – Professor John Westergaard AcSS. An obituary can be read in The Guardian . A page of tributes has been set up Read more …

Financial Crises and the Nature of Capitalist Money

New book by Professor Geoff Harcourt AcSS and Jocelyn Pixey (eds.): Financial Crises and the Nature of Capitalist Money. Mutual Developments from the Work of Geoffrey Ingham, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013.This volume is a debate about a sociology and economics of money: a Read more …

Free e-Views of Linguistics Studies available

Three titles from the Chief and Principal Investigators at the Centre for Corpus Approches to Social Science have been released as free-to-view electronic assets from Routledge for a limited time. These are: Read more …

Irene Hardill AcSS – Northumbria University Public Lecture – Wednesday 14 May, 2014

“Exploring the Connections and Contradictions between Paid and Unpaid Work”

6.30pm, Wednesday 14th May

Northumbria University, Newcastle Read more …

New Books in Food Research – Anne Murcott AcSS

Anne Murcott AcSS, Warren Belasco and Peter A Jackson AcSS (eds)
The Handbook of Food Research

David Evans, Hugh Campbell and Anne Murcott (eds)
Waste Matters: New Perspectives of Food and Society Read more …

IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods

The 3rd Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, June 30-July 11, 2014. This year’s Methods School offers twelve courses in quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods. All courses are Read more …

Oxford Handbook of Post-Keynesian Economics & Other Works

Edited by G. C. Harcourt AcSS and Peter Kriesler, 2013, OUP USA

The Making of a Post-Keynesian Economist, G.C Harcourt AcSS

On Skidelsky’s Keynes and Other Essays, G.C Harcourt AcSS Read more …

Insanitary City: Edinburgh’s ‘Chambers of Death’

Insanitary City: Henry Littlejohn and the condition of Edinburgh by Paul Laxton and Richard Rodger AcSS Read more …

New Edited Collection: Drug & Alcohol Studies

Susanne MacGregor AcSS of the Centre for History in Public Health London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine with Betsy Thom of the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at Middlesex University have published a Six-Volume Set in the SAGE Library of Read more …

Seminar Series: Health, History and Policy 2012-2014 – Briefing on History of Policy Pilots now available

Health, History and Policy 2012-2014        Professor Virginia Berridge AcSS is part of the committee organising a joint seminar series which is being co-organised by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester and the Read more …

Demons. Our changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Professor Virginia Berridge AcSS has recently published this new look at a perennial topic. Demons: Our changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs Considers varying attitudes to the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol from the 19th century to the Read more …

Resilience in education – new book

Professor Christopher Day AcSS, Emeritus Professor in Education at the University of Nottingham, has recently published a book on the very topical theme of resilience. Day, C. and Gu, Q. (2014) “Resilient Teachers, Resilient Schools:building and sustaining quality in testing Read more …

New book on the dyslexia debate

Professor Julian (Joe) Elliott AcSS, Professor of Education at Durham University has entered the current lively debate on dyslexia with a new book coming out in April: Elliott, J. & Grigorenko, E. (2014). The Dyslexia Debate, Cambridge University Press The Read more …

New books on Justice and Welfare

Professor Peter Raynor AcSS, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Swansea University has recently published two books on Justice topics. Reintegrative Justice in Practice: The Informal Management of Crime in an Island Community by Helen Miles, States of Jersey Police, Read more …

New books on employment relations

Professor Adrian Wilkinson AcSS, Director of the Centre for Work,Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia, has recently published two important works in the area of Employment relations. Wilkinson, A, Wood, G and Deeg, R (eds)  2014, Read more …

Black Germany. The Making and Unmaking of a Diaspora Community, 1884–1960

This new history traces the development of Germany’s black community, from its origins in colonial Africa to its decimation by the Nazis during World War II. Drawing on research funded by the AHRC and carried out in Europe, Africa and the United States, it follows Read more …

Academy President wins Practical Politics Book of the Year

The Blunders of Our Governments by the Academy’s President, Professor Sir Ivor Crewe AcSS and Professor Anthony King, has been awarded the prize in the Practical Politics category of the Political Book of the Year awards. Sir Ivor is Master of University College, Oxford and Anthony King is Essex County Council Millennium Professor of British Government at the University of Essex.Read more …

Conference of European Studies in Symbolic Interaction

The Times They Are a-Changin’

The Significance of Symbolic Interactionism

in

Contemporary Social Sciences and Humanities

August, 27th- 29th 2014 Aalborg University, DenmarkRead more …

‘All that is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster’ By Danny Dorling

All that is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster By Danny Dorling From “generation rent” to rising homelessness, the government’s Help to Buy scheme to the proposed “mansion tax”, and negative equity to the recent sell-off of a London council house Read more …

Accounting Education Research: Prize-Winning Contributions

Emeritus Professor Richard M S Wilson, AcSS

Published January 2014 Read more …

New Book by Academician: The Expression of Gender

Greville G. Corbett FBA, AcSS (editor, 2014). Gender is a fascinating category, which has grown steadily in importance across the humanities and social sciences. The book centres on the core of the category within language. Read more …

New Book by Academician: The Routledge Companion to Accounting Education

Emeritus Professor Richard M S Wilson, AcSS

Publication date: March 2014 Read more …

New Books by Academicians: Cyberbullying through the new media: Findings from an international network

Smith, P.K. & Steffgen, G. (Eds.), (2013). Cyberbullying is one of the darker and more troubling aspects to the growing accessibility of new media technologies. This important new book is the result of a four-year international collaboration, funded by the EU, to better understand how we can cope and confront cyberbullying. Read more …

New Books By Academicians: Emotional and behavioural difficulties associated with bullying and cyberbullying

Smith, P.K. (Ed.), (2014). This book considers the effects of bullying and cyberbullying on children. It looks at the different roles that are present within bullying and the different effects that it can have on a child’s development of psychosomatic problems, self-esteem, friends and loneliness, school satisfaction, and family relations. Read more …

Private Rental Housing: comparative perspectives

Tony Crook CBE AcSS & Peter A Kemp AcSS (eds) ‘Private rental housing: comparative perspectives’ is being published in February 2014. A new focus on private renting has been brought into sharp relief by the global financial crisis, with its profound impact on mortgage finance, housing markets and government budgets. Read more …

The Impact of the Social Sciences

THE IMPACT OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: how academics and their research make a difference By Patrick Dunleavy AcSS, Jane Tinkler, Stuart Bastow. The impact agenda is set to shape the way in which social scientists prioritise the work they choose to pursue, the research methods they use and how they publish their findings over the coming decade. Read more …

A Companion to Life Course Studies, ed by Mike Wadsworth and John Bynner AcSS

Routledge have recently published this classic work in paperback. Since the end of the Second World War, society has been characterised by rapid and extensive political, economic, scientific, and technological change. Opportunities for education, employment, human relations, and good health, Read more …

Nothing Purple Nothing Black by Paul Crawford AcSS

“Nothing Purple Nothing Black is an unusual, and unusually promising first novel. It is an intriguing, topical story, and Paul Crawford tells it with passion, wit and a boldly metaphorical style.” David Lodge An intriguing debut novel that deserves a Read more …

Employment Relations in the Shadow of the Recession by Stephen Wood AcSS et al

Brigid Van Wanrooy, Helen Bewley, Alex Bryson, John Forth, Stephanie Freeth, Lucy Stokes and Stephen Wood, Employment Relations in the Shadow of the Recession, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.  This book reports the main findings of the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Survey, Read more …

World Cities, City Worlds by William Solesbury AcSS

William Solesburys fascinating new book, World Cities, City Worlds, is all about how we make sense of cities, those extraordinary places where half the worlds population now lives. It explores ways of seeing, experiencing and  thinking about how cities work, Read more …

International Advisory Group (IAG) Seminars

The IAG series of seminars is exploring innovative approaches to effective use of social science evidence in policy making in different countries, policy settings and domains, and is considering the conditions under which these models could be transferred cross-nationally. Read more …

New Year Honours for Academicians

The Academy congratulates the following Academicians for their public honours: Read more …

Making Sense of Nature: Representation, Politics and Democracy, Noel Castree AcSS

This new book focuses on how references to ‘nature’ – in all senses of this polysemic word – remain a key vehicle for the exercise of social power and opposition and are central to social stability and social change.Read more …