Professor Tracy ShildrickFAcSS

  • Living standards and Levelling up
  • Society

Professor of Inequalities, Newcastle University 

Professor Tracy Shildrick was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in spring 2021. She is internationally recognised as a pioneer and thought-leader for her work on youth transitions and intergenerational poverty. Her work has challenged conventional ideas and understanding about how and why poverty travels across generations and the difficulties young people face in making transitions to adulthood in conditions of marked inequality.

Tracy’s rich publication track record is central to her reputation and she aims to ensure her research has real-world application and effect. She has an ongoing productive relationship with the Joseph Rowntree Trust (JRF), from which she has received significant funding and produced three key research reports on intergenerational poverty.

Her contributions to policy on poverty have culminated in the Millfield House Foundation awarding her £126,000 to host and lead the North East Child Poverty Commission at Newcastle. The Commission plays a vital role bringing politicians, researchers and charities together to advocate for and develop strategies to alleviate child poverty in the North East.

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What does becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science mean to you?

“I am delighted to receive the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Being able to work alongside world-leading social scientists to ensure our work has real societal benefits is a very exciting opportunity.”

Why do social sciences matter?

“As COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated many of the issues that lie at the heart of social science research, the time for our work to be heard has never been more important. If ‘building back better’ is to mean anything at all, it must have social scientific evidence at its very core.”