Leading social scientists join the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences is delighted to announce that an impressive range of leading social scientists have been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. New Fellows are recognised, after an independent peer review process, for the excellence and impact of their work and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public, private and third sectors, across the full breadth of the social sciences. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking, and practice, they have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world.

This Autumn, among many others, we are proud to welcome to our Fellowship a number of leading social scientists from the public, private and third sectors. These include, for example:

  • Mrs Kelly Beaver, Managing Director, Ipsos MORI Public Affairs division
  • Ms Sam Beckett, Second Permanent Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority and Joint Head of the Government Economic Service
  • Mr Iain Bell, National Director for Public Health Data, Knowledge and Research at Public Health Wales
  • Dr David Booth, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute
  • Mr Paul Bradshaw, Director, ScotCen
  • Mr Jonathan Breckon, Director, Breckon Consulting Ltd
  • Sir Robert Chote, Economist and Former Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility
  • Ms Viki Cooke, Co-Founder and Chair, BritainThinks & WorldThinks
  • Mr Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC
  • Ms Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
  • Ms Clare Lombardelli, Director General, Chief Economic Advisor and Joint Head of the Government Economic Service, HM Treasury
  • Mr Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Nacro
  • Baroness Minouche Shafik DBE, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science

These are just some examples of the prominent social science practitioners who have joined the Academy’s Fellowship this Autumn, together with leading academics. Collectively, the new Fellows that have been conferred demonstrate the breadth of contributions the social sciences make to our political, social, economic lives. We are also pleased to have seen an increase in the diversity of nominations being put forward, both in terms of the BAME community and institutional affiliations.

Will Hutton, President of the Academy of Social Sciences, said:

“As the Academy extends its outward-facing focus, engagement with all sectors of the social science community is vitally important and I very much hope to draw on the deep knowledge and expertise of our new Fellows.”

View the full list of new Fellows

Notes to editors

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Chizom Ekeh
Senior Communications Manager
Academy of Social Sciences/Campaign for Social Sciences
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About the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for public benefit. The Academy is composed of approximately 1400 individual Fellows, 47 Member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates. Together, this body of organisations is a community of some 90,000 social scientists. Academy Fellows are leading professional social scientists from academia and the public and private sectors. The Campaign for Social Science is an integral part of the Academy.