The objectives of the Academy are:

  • to promote excellence in and encourage the advancement of social science in the UK through research, education and service to the community
  • to support its constituent Learned Societies and to encourage collaboration to promote interdisciplinary approaches to social science
  • to represent, in conjunction with the constituent Learned Societies, the interests of social science in the UK to national and local government; research, teaching and funding bodies and agencies; private sector companies and public sector agencies
  • to comment as appropriate on national needs and priorities in social science
  • to encourage international co-operation in the advancement of social science
  • to disseminate information about social science and what it contributes to society, to the general public and to educational institutions
  • to recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions of individual social scientists.