Leading social scientists honoured

Experts in everything from accountancy to China and spirituality to skills strategies appointed fellows by the Academy of Social Sciences

March 5, 2016
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The Academy of Social Sciences is Britain’s national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners representing nearly 90,000 social scientists. Its annual fellowships are given to those recognised by their peers for the excellence and impact of their work.

Perhaps the most prominent scholar to be singled out this year is terrorism expert Louise Richardson, who became the University of Oxford’s first female vice-chancellor at the beginning of 2016.

Here is the full list of the 42 new fellows with their major areas of expertise:


  • Max Atkinson, proprietor of Atkinson Communications: public speaking, speech-writing and presentation
  • Katie Bailey, professor of management, University of Sussex: employee engagement and meaningful work
  • Eileen Barker, professor of sociology with special reference to the study of religion, London School of Economics: new religious movements
  • Frank Bechhofer, emeritus professor of social research, University of Edinburgh: the British class structure; the sociology of work and industry; and national identity
  • Simon Biggs, professor of social policy and gerontology, University of Melbourne: personal and social identity across the life course; elder abuse
  • Harriet Bradley, professor of women’s employment, University of the West of England: work and industry, particularly women’s employment
  • Shaun Breslin, professor of politics and international studies, University of Warwick: China’s role in the changing global order and the importance of understanding the domestic drivers of its foreign policy in formulating responses to China’s rise
  • David Croisdale-Appleby, honorary professor in medicine and health, Durham University: social care policy; social work education; and the importance of rigorous social science methodologies in developing policy and practice
  • Marguerite Dupree, honorary professor of social and medical history, University of Glasgow: medical history, with a particular interest in the origins and careers of 19th-century doctors and the legacy of Joseph Lister
  • Nick Ellison, professor of social policy, University of York: social citizenship and rights in developed welfare systems
  • David Farnham, professor of employment relations emeritus, University of Portsmouth: industrial relations and human resource management
  • Michael Freeden, emeritus professor of politics, University of Oxford: political science, especially in the field of ideology
  • Sue Heath, professor of sociology, University of Manchester: housing needs and young people
  • Jeremy Howells, visiting fellow, University of Oxford: economic geography, especially the economy and society
  • Jamie Hacker Hughes, visiting professor of military psychology and director of the Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University: military psychology, especially in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Christopher Humphrey, professor of accounting, University of Manchester: interdisciplinary and international aspects of auditing and accounting
  • Ruth Kattumuri, co-director of the LSE India Observatory: development studies in India, particularly in the areas of population, sustainable growth and inclusion, and climate change
  • Hugh Lauder, professor of education and political economy, University of Bath: the relationship of education to the economy; national skills strategies; and the global skills strategies of multinational companies
  • Richard Laughlin, emeritus professor of accounting, King’s College London: interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on accounting, particularly public-sector accounting and behaviour responses to societal controls
  • John MacInnes, professor of sociology, University of Edinburgh: demography; national identities in stateless societies
  • Josephine Maltby, professor of accounting and finance, University of Sheffield: women as savers and investors; the history of the accounting profession
  • Beverley Milton-Edwards, professor of politics, Queen’s University Belfast: the Middle East and Islam; terrorism, violence and security
  • Laurence Moore, director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow: the development and evaluation of complex social interventions to improve health
  • Sarah Nettleton, professor in sociology, University of York: the sociology of health and illness
  • William Outhwaite, emeritus professor of sociology, Newcastle University: social theory; the relevance of British sociology to international debates
  • Nicola Phillips, professor of political economy, University of Sheffield: the international political economy; labour standards in global production especially in relation to forced labour, child labour and human trafficking
  • Debora Price, professor of social gerontology, University of Manchester: inequalities and poverty in later life
  • Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor and professor of international relations, University of Oxford: terrorism and international relations
  • Janette Rutterford, professor of financial management, the Open University: the history of investment, particularly investor behaviour and its impact on corporate financial policy and financial governance.
  • Phillipp Schofield, professor of medieval history, Aberystwyth University: medieval economic and social history, particularly matters of credit and debt
  • Darren Smith, professor of human geography, Loughborough University: population, rural and urban studies, particularly contemporary migration processes and new social transformations
  • Patten Smith, director of research methods, Ipsos MORI: the development of robust survey research methods
  • Paul Stenner, professor of social psychology, the Open University: psychosocial studies; Q methodology and quantitative methods in psychology
  • John Thompson, professor of sociology, University of Cambridge: mass media
  • Rachel Thomson, professor of childhood and youth studies, University of Sussex: personal life and social change, including qualitative longitudinal research into childhood and youth, gender, sexuality and family
  • Valerie Walkerdine, distinguished research professor in social sciences, Cardiff University: psychosocial studies; gender and education
  • Sam Whimster, professor in sociology, London Metropolitan University: the work of Max Weber
  • Clare Williams, professor of medical sociology, Brunel University London: innovations in biomedicine, particularly relating to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, stem cell research, embryo donation and experimental neuroscience
  • Malcolm Williams, director of Q-Step, Cardiff University: the pedagogy of social research methods
  • Linda Woodhead MBE, professor of sociology of religion, Lancaster University: the sociology of religion, particularly new forms of spirituality and the return of religion to the public sphere
  • Johanna Wyn, professor in education, University of Melbourne: youth and young adulthood
  • Dominic Wyse, professor of early childhood and primary education, UCL Institute of Education; curriculum and pedagogy in early years and primary education, particularly literacy and creativity.


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