Professor Sir Ivor Crewe FAcSS – President


Sir Ivor was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex from 1995 to 2007, and was the founding Director of its Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Sir Ivor has also been actively engaged on the national policy scene in higher education, including a term as President of Universities UK from 2003 to 2005.

He has published and broadcast extensively on British politics, particularly on elections, parties and public opinion. In 2013 he published with Anthony King The Blunders of our Governments, a study of major failures of domestic public policy in modern Britain.

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS – Chair of Council

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS Chair of Council

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, is Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese studies and Head of the Social Science Division at Oxford University. Professor Goodman has specialised in social and educational policy and the place of young people in modern Japan. A frequent visitor to East Asia, he has been central to the development of the social sciences division at Oxford, which with nearly 1,000 academics is one of the largest social science faculties in the world. He became Chair of Council in July 2015.

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Professor Cara Aitchison FAcSS


Cara Aitchison is Vice Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University

Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS – Honorary Secretary and Deputy Chair


Jane Broadbent is a Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway University of London. She was previously Senior Vice-Principal at Royal Holloway, and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Roehampton University. Having trained as an accountant in the NHS her research interest is in the use of accounting in the Public Services, particularly where profit is not a motivator for those delivering front line services. Jane is editor emerita of the journal Public Money and Management.

Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE FAcSS


Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE FAcSS is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Bristol. She was formerly Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and was awarded the CBE in 2006 for services to social science.

She consults and writes in the field of assessment and comparative education and has contributed both nationally and internationally to education policy.  She has served as a Council member of the Economic and Social Research Council and has chaired the Governing Board of their innovative longitudinal household survey, Understanding Society, since its inception.

Professor Broadfoot is currently a member of the Social Science Expert Panel for DEFRA and DECC.  She was a Commissioner on the 2010 Marmot Commission on Health Inequalities. She is involved with a number of organisations which share her commitment to the pursuit of global sustainability.

Emeritus Professor David Byrne FAcSS


Professor David Byrne FAcSS is a sociologist and Emeritus Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Durham. He worked in the 1970s as an action researcher for the North Tyneside Community Development Project and has maintained an interest in the practical and challenging application of social science in society.  Research and scholarship interests include the implications of complexity theory for the methodology and practice of the social sciences, social inequality in all its aspects, and the consequences and potential of the transformation of our sort of society from an industrial to a post-industrial character. He is a member of the Social Policy Association, the British Sociological Association, and Radical Statistics.

Chris Caswill FAcSS


Professor Mike Danson FAcSS – Honorary Treasurer


Mike Danson MA(Hons), DLitt, FIED, FeRSA is Professor of Enterprise Policy at Heriot-Watt University.

Professor Robert Dingwall FAcSS


Robert Dingwall is a consulting sociologist and part-time Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. He has wide international experience in teaching and research, particularly in the interdisciplinary study of law, medicine, science and technology. This has resulted in over 100 journal articles and numerous chapters, monographs and books. He has previously been a member of the executive of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and held office as a Trustee of the (US) Law and Society Association as well as various section offices in the American Sociological Association. His public service includes the BBSRC Science for Society Strategy Panel and the Committee on Ethical Aspects of Pandemic Influenza. Most recently, he has contributed to policy debates around research governance, open access and public engagement.

Professor Matt Flinders FAcSS

Professor Matt Flinders FAcSS

Matt Flinders FAcSS is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is currently Chair of the Political Studies Association.

Dr Rita Gardner CBE FAcSS


Rita Gardner is Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers).

Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE FAcSS


John Goddard is Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University. He founded and led the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), an ESRC research centre, before becoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the University’s links with the city and region, in particular the development of Newcastle as one of the UK’s six Science Cities.

Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS


Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University. She has been Chair of the Academy’s International Advisory Group since its inception.

Professor Andrew Jones FAcSS

Professor Andrew Jones FAcSS

Andrew Jones is Professor and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at City University London.
He is a human geographer with strong interdisciplinary research interests and collaborations spanning several social science disciplines including sociology, politics, education and management studies and his research is focused on different theoretical and empirical aspects around globalization. Previously he was Head of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

Richard Collins FAcSS

Professor Richard Collins

Richard Collins formerly taught communications and journalism at all levels from undergraduate to research degree level in a wide range of UK universities, and was Deputy Director at the British Film Institute.

He is Chair of the Academy’s Audit and Risk Management Committee.

First term of office on Council – expires AGM 2020.

Professor Sasha Roseneil FAcSS


Professor Roseneil is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex.  She is a sociologist and group analyst. Previously, she was Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research at Birkbeck, University of London for nine years. She was founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, at the University of Leeds and  a founding member, and inaugural Chair, of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS).

Her research is driven by a desire to understand social change, with a particular focus gender, personal life and community, and ranges from single person psychosocial case studies to macro-level cross national comparative analysis.

First term of office on Council – expires AGM 2020

Professor Jane Millar OBE FAcSS


Jane Millar is Professor of Social Policy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Bath. Her research interests include family policy, poverty, social security and tax. Jane has been a Special Adviser to House of Commons Select Committees and to the Department for Work and Pensions. She was awarded an OBE in June 2001 for ‘services to social policy research and teaching’.

Professor Catherine Pope FAcSS


Catherine Pope is Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Southampton and a member of the Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare (SHOC). Her work combines sociology and ethnography to explore urgent and emergency care, decision-making, communication and technologies in use.

Professor Andrew Ross FAcSS


Andy Ross is Director of High Oak Green Investments and former Deputy Director of the Government Economic Service and HM Treasury, having become a senior civil servant after a career as a university lecturer and college director. He is a visiting professor at Reading University and a visiting research fellow at Leeds University.

Professor Sue Scott FAcSS


Professor Sue Scott is a sociologist who has researched and published widely in the areas of gender; sexuality, risk; the body and childhood. She has held academic posts at a number of UK Universities including Professorships at Stirling and Durham. From 2005-9 she was Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University and from 2009-12 Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is a past President of the British Sociological Association. Sue currently holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of York and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and a Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki. She is Co Managing Editor of the online social science magazine Discover Society.

Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS – Campaign Chair


Professor James Wilsdon is Chair of the Campaign for Social Science. He is Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield, an Associate Fellow of NESTA and the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, having previously been the Founding Director of the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society.

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Mr Stephen Anderson – Executive Director

Mr Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson has 25 years leadership experience of business management in financial services, with a history of much improving organizational performance. He was brought into Equitable Life PLC at the height of the crisis as the Chief Operating Officer and improved operational capability and capacity at a very difficult time. He then undertook various turnaround type assignments within the not for profit sector, before joining the Academy of Social Sciences as Executive Director in 2008.

An Economics graduate, with a further three years of postgraduate research experience, Stephen has pursued lifelong learning, gaining further occupational qualifications in banking, business management and organizational psychology.He also gained a certificate in ministry studies. He is also a trustee of a grant awarding ecclesiastical charity with substantial historic assets.

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Mrs Madeleine Barrows – Assistant Director (Secretariat)

Madeleine Barrows

As Assistant Director (Secretariat) I have particular responsibility for issues connected with the governance of the Academy as well as its various publications, but I also assist the work of the Executive Director in the development of strategy and new initiatives. I produce the monthly eBulletin and edit the Making the Case for the Social Sciences series of publications.

I have been with the Academy since 2006 and work three days a week, both from home in Portsmouth and in the London office.

I have a strong academic background in religious history and thought, having studied at Bristol University and Merton College, Oxford, where I also gained research experience. I have worked both as a schoolteacher and FE tutor. I was later Education Officer for the British Computer Society.

In my spare time I enjoy running and walking, choral singing and looking after my four daughters.

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Alessandro Lanuto – Communications Manager


Born and raised in New York, Alessandro completed his BA in Politics, History, and Italian in Rome, Italy, before receiving an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UCL in 2013. Alessandro has previously worked as a social media analyst and, most recently, as a Campaigns Manager for the Liberal Democrats.

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Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan – Senior Policy Adviser


Ashley is a Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Law, Science, & Global Security at Georgetown University, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has undertaken a variety of consultancy work in the international policy arena over the last five years. Her research and writing is focused on the international political economy of security, and the relationship between evidence and policy.

She was previously a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, where she served as the Director of the Legatum Prosperity Index, and began her career as an investment banking analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston in London. She has her Ph.D. in Government, and her B.S. in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University.

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Daniela Puska – Project Manager, Health of People


Daniela is the Project Manager for the Campaign’s Health of People report.

She has previously worked as Head of Operations at think tanks Demos and ResPublica, and before that spent six years in retail operations. She has also worked as an operations consultant for visual think tank and common good consultancy Common Vision (CoVi). She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Jordene Sewell – Membership Officer


I joined the Academy of Social Sciences in January 2016 to provide administrative support to the office and assist with membership queries. I am also the Editorial Assistant for our journal, Contemporary Social Science.

Prior to this, I was Assistant Project Coordinator for the New Creative Markets programme at SPACE. My interests include philosophy, literature and film.

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Helen Spriggs – Office and Membership Manager


As the Office and Membership Manager I am responsible for membership and financial administration along with event and internal management.

I am a trained translator of German and Spanish, and other interests include public transport, sport and the performing arts. I am a trustee of Traum Theatre.

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Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS – Head of Policy


Sharon is Head of Policy at the Academy and its Campaign.

Sharon worked for several years in applied social science research, designing and carrying out evaluations of government programmes in the 1980s, and serving as part of the original research team on the British Social Attitudes survey.  She was at the Nuffield Foundation, a grant-giving endowed charitable trust, for 19 years, first heading its programmes of social research and social policy, and then for three years as Director.  While there, she also led the development of the £19.5m Q-Step programme, funded jointly by the Nuffield Foundation, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), to improve quantitative research skills for UK social science undergraduates.  She is also currently Deputy Chair of the Administrative Data Research Network, convened by the UK Statistics Authority with the support of the ESRC.

She was awarded an MBE for services to social science in 2008, received the British Academy President’s Medal in 2011, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College London in 2015 for services to social sciences and law.

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