Who's Who

Professor Sir Ivor Crewe FAcSS – President

Sir Ivor Crewe is Master of University College, Oxford and President of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Essex from 1995 to 2007 and President of Universities UK from 2003 to 2005. In 2018, he was appointed to the Government’s Review of Post-18 Education and Funding. He is currently Chair of the Higher Education Policy Institute. Sir Ivor’s academic work focuses on British politics. He has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK. His books include Decade of Dealignment (with Bo Sarlvik), SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party (with Anthony King) and The Blunders of our Governments (with Anthony King).

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS – Chair of Council

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS is Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese studies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Warden of St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. Professor Goodman’s research is focussed on the social and educational policy of modern Japan. He was Head of the Social Sciences Division at Oxford between 2008-17 which, with around 1,000 academics, is one of the largest groupings of social scientists in the world. He became Chair of Council in July 2015.

Professor Cara Aitchison FAcSS

Professor Cara Aitchison is President and Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Geography and Cultural Economy at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She was previously Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth Marjon University and has held senior leadership and Professorial positions at Edinburgh, Bedfordshire and UWE Bristol. Cara was Chair of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Sub-Panel for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism. She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health at the University of Bath, Council member of CBI Cymru/Wales, Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, Royal Geographical Society and Higher Education Academy.

Professor Nic Beech FAcSS

Nic Beech is the Vice Principal, Provost of the University of Dundee, Chair of the British Academy of Management and was previously Dean of Arts and then Vice Principal at the University of St Andrews. His research interests are in the construction of identity, leadership, learning and change, particularly in creative industries and health care. His recent work includes a study of diversity in leadership in the FTSE100. He has held visiting chairs in the UK, the Netherlands and Australia. Nic is a companion of the Chartered Management Institute and, reflecting his interests, is a board member of CMI Race, NHS Tayside, V&A Dundee and Fife Cultural Trust.

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.

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.

Dr. 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 Tony Crook CBE FAcSS

Tony Crook is former Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning. He is currently Chair of the The Conservation Volunteers, Deputy Chair of the Orbit Housing Group; a member of the RTPI Trustee Board, chairing its Education Committee, and chair of the Construction Industry Council’s Housing Panel. Recent former non executive roles include: Construction Industry Council Deputy Chair; Rotherham MBC governance review independent chair; Shelter Trustee Board Chair; Coalfields Regeneration Trust trustee; Sheffield Homes Ltd chair; Lloyds Banking Group Housing Commission member; and Housing Commission for Northern England member. His current research includes private renting and planning obligations. His latest books are ‘Private rental housing: comparative perspective’ (Edward Elgar) and ‘Planning Gain: providing infrastructure and affordable housing’ (Wiley Blackwell) the latter winning the RTPI Research Excellence Award in 2016.

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.

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 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 globalisation. Previously he was Head of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

Professor Simon Marginson FAcSS

Simon Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, Director of the ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education, and Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education. In September 2018 he becomes Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford. Simon focuses on global and international aspects of higher education, and higher education and social inequality. He was the Clark Kerr Lecturer on Higher Education at the University of California in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Lifetime Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education and a member of Academia Europaea. He co-chairs the Higher Education Commission Inquiry into Education Exports.

Dame Jil Matheson FAcSS

Jil Matheson served as National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority from 2009 until her retirement in 2014, following a career in social research and statistics. During that time Jil also Chaired the OECD's Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy and the UN Statistical Commission. Jil has been a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2001 and is a member of the Audit and Risk and Nominations Committees. She is a also a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Professor Vicky Pryce FAcSS

Professor Vicky Pryce FAcSS is Chief Economic Adviser and board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Previously, Managing Director FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Joint Head of the Government Economic Service. She was a KPMG partner following a career in banking and business. Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists, she’s served on Kent University’s Council, RSA’s board of trustees, Court of the London School of Economics, IFS Executive Committee and held visiting professorships at Cass Business School, Nuffield College, Birmingham City, Imperial College, Aston and Queen Mary. She is on the IFS Council, Advisory Board of OMFIF and BCC Advisory Group. Patron of ‘Pro-bono Economics’ co-founder of GoodCorporation promoting Corporate Social Responsibility, a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, she’s served as Master of a Livery Company. Books include: ‘Greekonomics’; ‘It's the Economy, Stupid’; ‘Redesigning Manufacturing’; ‘Prisonomics’; and ‘Why Women Need Quotas’.

Professor Sasha Roseneil FAcSS

Sasha Roseneil is a sociologist, gender studies scholar, and a group analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. She has worked at the University of Leeds, where she was Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, and at Birkbeck, University of London, where she was Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, Head of the Department of Psychosocial Studies and Assistant Dean (Research) for the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy. From 10 September 2018, Sasha will be Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at UCL, and Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science in the Institute of Advanced Studies.

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 Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS

Shamit Saggar is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Essex. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, and in 2017 awarded a CBE for services to social science and public policy. He is the current Chair of the Campaign for Social Science. He was previously a Senior Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office; an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellow with HM Government; Professor of Political Science, University of Sussex; Reader in Political Behaviour at Queen Mary, University of London; Harkness Fellow at UCLA; Yale World Fellow at Yale University; and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

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

Professor James Wilsdon 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. He is a former Chair of the Campaign for Social Science.