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, 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.

Professor Cara Aitchison FAcSS

Professor Cara Aitchison has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University since October 2016 where she is also Professor of Geography and Cultural Economy.

Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS – Honorary Secretary

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

Chris Caswill is a member of Council since 2016, Deputy Chair of the Academy’s Policy Working Group, and before that a member of the Audit Committee 2010 - 2015. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the Manchester University Institute of Innovation Research and has held visiting positions at Oxford, Exeter and UCL. A Cambridge History graduate, he is a Trustee of the Wiltshire Victoria County History. He was a District and County Councillor in Wiltshire for 10 years, retiring in May 2017. Previously Chris was ESRC Director of Research for 15 years, a member of the Wiltshire Police Authority, and policy adviser to the NORFACE ERA NET, the Norwegian Research Council, and the Universities of Middlesex, Limerick and the Highlands and Islands.

Professor Richard Collins FAcSS

Dr Richard Collins is a retired academic. He sailed under various flags, latterly as Professor of (pick one) Journalism/Media Studies/Sociology. His academic career spanned the post 1992 sector and the Russell Group with agreeable and instructive excursions in Australian, Belgian, Canadian, South African and USA universities. He was also Head of Education and, subsequently, Deputy Director at the British Film Institute. His scholarly work has received recognition beyond the academy, notably in a twice renewed appointment as Specialist Advisor to House of Lords Select Committees on media matters; as a consultant to firms and government agencies in the UK and overseas and in giving invited evidence to Parliamentary enquiries in Australia, Sweden, the UK and to the European Parliament. He now exasperates himself and partners playing bridge; he watches cricket and serves as a Governor of Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Professor Mike Danson FAcSS – Honorary Treasurer

Mike Danson is Professor of Enterprise Policy and Director of Doctoral Programmes, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University. With over 250 papers, 16 edited books, many book chapters and official reports, his work extends across rural enterprises, Gaelic and sustainable regional economic development; employability; craft breweries; early onset dementia; Kawasaki disease; community renewables; public policy and finances. Mike is Honorary Treasurer of the Academy, and a trustee of Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland, Nordic Horizons, Jimmy Reid Foundation and Stòras Uibhist. He has advised governments, development agencies, EC, unions, OECD, communities and currently researching with several social inclusion projects.

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.