Academy of Social Sciences Names 84 New Fellows Impact
Madeleine Atkins, left, Lord Stern and David Halpern

Academy of Social Sciences Names 84 New Fellows

October 18, 2016 1969


Madeleine Atkins, left, Lord Stern and David Halpern

The Academy of Social Sciences today conferred the award of fellow on 84 leading social scientists, including such luminaries as Lord Stern, Nudge Unit founder David Halpern and Madeleine Atkins of HEFCE.

The new fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners and policymakers. They have been recognized after an extensive process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in higher education, government, public health and social policy, funding councils, charitable foundations and think tanks.

“It is particularly gratifying to include a larger number of economists, policy makers and practitioners on this occasion,” said Roger Goodman FAcSS, who chairs the Academy, in announcing the conferment. “This is a result of our work to see representation from these areas increased to maintain balances between the individual disciplines and between academics and those working in the policy and practice communities. This gives the Academy legitimacy to speak on behalf of the social science community as a whole.”

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 the public benefit. The Academy is composed of around a thousand individual fellows, 41 learned societies, and a number of affiliate members, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists.

The full list is:

  • Stephen Aldridge CB, director of analysis and data, Department for Communities and Local Government | Aldridge is a government economist and strategist, well known for his engagement with the social science community and advocacy of the use of social science in informing policy making.
  • Professor Davina Allen, professor of health care delivery and organisation, Cardiff University | Allen is a leading researcher in healthcare policy and planning, with a particular interest in organizational ethnographies.
  • Professor Eileen Annandale, professor of sociology, University of York | Annandale is a leading national and international figure in the field of sociology of health and illness.
  • John Appleby, chief economist, The King’s Fund | Appleby is a leading writer and thinker in the field of health economics, well known both for his personal expertise in data around the NHS in particular and health care in general and for his promotion of the use of excellent social science research in working to improve health and social care systems in the UK.
  • Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England | Atkins is a leading figure in higher education policy and its implementation, with particular interests in social mobility and effective learning and teaching.
  • Professor Jo-Anne Baird, professor of educational assessment and director of the Department of Education, University of Oxford | Baird has long been a leader in the field of educational assessment, pioneering the research-based identification and analysis of the educational policy implications of different approaches to assessment.
  • Professor Jacqueline Barnes, professor of psychology, Birkbeck, University of London | Barnes is an outstanding figure in the field of child psychology and is particularly known for the behaviour rating scale she developed which is now used internationally in both research and in care settings.
  • Professor Steven Barnett, professor of communications, University of Westminster | Barnett is one of the country’s leading experts on issues of press and broadcasting content and regulation.
  • Professor Derek Birrell, professor of social administration and social policy, University of Ulster | Birrell is a leading scholar on Northern Ireland, particularly noted for his work on devolution, governance and social policy.
  • Professor Martin Bull, professor of politics, University of Salford | Bull is a leading figure in the study of Italian politics.
  • Professor Paul Cairney, professor of politics and public policy, University of Stirling | Cairney is a renowned scholar in the study of public policy, with a particular interest in policy theory and its application in diverse settings.
  • Dame Frances Cairncross DBE CBE, interim director, NIESR | Cairncross is an agenda-setting journalist and writer, with particular interests in the environment, corporate social responsibility, economics and the future. She is a former chair of council of the ESRC.
  • Professor Rona Campbell, professor of public health research, University of Bristol | Campbell is a leading figure in the interface between social science and public health and health services research.
  • Professor Eamonn Carrabine, professor of sociology, University of Essex | Carrabine is one of the UK’s leading criminologists and an internationally recognised leader in the field, with a particular interest in social theory.
  • Professor Nancy Cartwright, professor of philosophy, University of Durham and professor of philosophy at the University of California San Diego | Cartwright is a philosopher of science whose work on research strategies is widely regarded as foundational.
  • Professor Catherine Cassell, professor of organizational psychology, University of Leeds | Cassell has made a major impact in the development and use of innovative qualitative methodologies within the social sciences.
  • Peter Cheese, CEO, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development | Cheese is a leading thinker and advocate of the use of social science in the area of HR and human capital, following a high level career in consultancy practice in the areas of strategic leadership, management and the development of people.
  • Professor David Clark, professor of experimental psychology, University of Oxford | Clark has made exceptional contributions to clinical and abnormal psychology and has been a leading figure in cognitive behavioural therapy. He is particularly known for his work on understanding and treating anxiety disorders, including PTSD, and therapies arising from his work are recommended as first line interventions in the NICE guidelines.
  • Professor David Clark, professor of medical sociology, University of Glasgow | Clark is a sociologist who is a leading figure in work particularly relating to HIV and AIDS and associated health policy as well as palliative and end of life care.
  • Professor Greg Clark CBE, global advisor and chairman, The Business of Cities, University College London | Clark is a leading global authority on cities, actively engaging in strategic developments all around the world.
  • Professor Bill Cooke, professor of strategic management, University of York | Cooke is a leading national and international scholar in the field of management studies, with particular interests in the global and historical spread of management ideas and participatory methodologies.
  • Professor Diane Coyle OBE, professor of economics, University of Manchester and founder, Enlightenment Economics | Coyle is a leading UK economist and communicator. She is a former vice-chair and acting chair of the BBC Trust and a key member of the Competitions Commission. She has a particular interest in economics education and has active in shaping the ‘fitness for purpose’ of economics curricula.
  • Professor Leam Craig, professor (hon) and consultant clinical and forensic psychologist | Craig is both a clinical psychologist and an academic researcher in forensic psychology, with a particular interest in risk assessment and clinical interventions for sex offenders.
  • Professor Angela Creese, professor of educational linguistics, University of Birmingham | Creese is a leading figure in language and education research, and a pioneer in linguistic ethnography.
  • Professor Mary Daly, professor of sociology and social policy, University of Oxford | Daly is a long-established leader in sociology and social policy, with particular interests in gender, welfare, family income and poverty.
  • Professor David Denyer, professor of leadership and organizational change. Cranfield School of Management | Denyer has an international reputation for his research on leadership and change in extreme contexts, especially crisis and change management in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Professor Clelio Campolina Diniz, president of the Technological Park of Belo Horizonte Brazil | Diniz is a highly regarded promoter of the social sciences in Brazil, in particular by creating five centres of international studies while rector of the Universidade Federal de Minas Geras and by playing a leading role in other major social science organisations.
  • Professor Gillian Douglas, professor of law, Cardiff University | Douglas is a leading legal and socio-legal scholar with a strong reputation for her work in family law and justice, particularly on the experience of parental divorce on children.
  • Dr Hamilton Fairfax, professional lead psychology and psychological therapies, Devon Partnership Trust | Fairfax is a psychologist who has been instrumental in leading the development of innovative therapeutic techniques, in particular Adaptation-based Process Therapy for clients with complex conditions.
  • Professor Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University of London | Fonagy has transformed the way we understand human attachment and his work has impacted clinical practice across the world.
  • Ann Francke, CEO of the Chartered Management Institute | Francke is a leading practitioner and advocate of the use of social science in the area of organisational management, with a particular interest in the challenges facing women in the workplace.
  • Professor Lynn Froggett, professor of psychosocial welfare, University of Central Lancashire | Froggett has played a leading role in the development of psychosocial studies in the UK, in particular through her ground-breaking work on social policy and culture.
  • Dr Deborah Ghate, founder director and CEO, Colebrook Centre for Evidence and Implementation, UK | Ghate is a pioneer of the science of implementation for social interventions programmes in the UK and Ireland, and an influential voice particularly in the area of ‘what works’ for children and families.
  • Emeritus Professor Paul Ghuman, emeritus professor in the school of life long learning, Aberystwyth University | Ghuman is a leading figure in the field of South Asian studies with a particular interest in the predicaments faced by South Asian communities in the UK and equal opportunities.
  • Professor Karen Glaser, professor of gerontology, King’s College London | Glaser is a significant figure within the field of ageing, especially with regard to the family care of frail older people, the impact on wellbeing of marital transitions in later life, and on poverty and income in older people.
  • Professor Brendan Gough, professor of social psychology, Leeds Beckett University | Gough is a leading figure in three fields of psychology – qualitative research, critical social psychology and men’s health and masculinities.
  • Chris Green, director SQW Ltd. | Green is a planner and is an international expert in the development of knowledge-based clusters whose work has been highly influential in promoting the positive roles for planning in economic development, particularly in relation to the high-tech sector.
  • Professor Emily Grundy, professor of demography, LSE | Grundy is a leading researcher in demography with work of particular note on ageing at the population and individual level, and health inequalities in later life.
  • Andrew Haldane, chief economist and executive director of monetary analysis and statistics at the Bank of England | Haldane is a widely respected and globally influential economist, with particular interest in the fields of financial and monetary policy and, especially, financial regulation. He played a central role in the research and preparation that led to the independence of the Bank of England. He is also co-founder of Pro-Bono Economics, a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects.
  • Dr David Halpern, national adviser on evidence-based policy | Halpern is a leading exponent of bringing the findings of high quality social science into the policy arena. A psychologist by discipline, he was a founding director and director of research at the Institute for Government in London and chief analyst of the PM’s Strategy Unit under the Blair government, but he is particularly known for founding and heading the Behavioural Insights Team (aka Nudge Unit) formerly in the Cabinet Office.
  • Professor Bernard Harris, professor of social policy, University of Strathclyde | Harris is internationally recognised as having made a pioneering contribution to the histories of social policy, health and social welfare.
  • Professor Neville Harris, professor of law, University of Manchester | Harris is both an administrative lawyer and the leading UK academic lawyer in social security law and education law.
  • Professor Steven Higgins, professor of education, University of Durham | Higgins is a leading exponent of the use of evidence in educational research, and developed the Sutton Trust-Education Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit.
  • Dr Guy Holmes, clinical psychologist | Holmes is a leading researcher and practitioner across a wide range of mental health conditions, highly regarded for his production and promotion of excellent social science evidence.
  • Professor William Housley, professor in the school of social sciences, Cardiff University | Housley is an internationally recognised expert in qualitative and social research methods, the study of practical reason, membership categorisation analysis, social interaction, ethnography and digital sociology.
  • Professor Charles Hulme, professor of psychology, University College London | Hulme is a leading social scientist in the field of reading and disorders relating to it, having been a pioneer of the application of cognitive science to the development of reading in both typical and non-typical children.
  • Professor John Kay CBE, economist | Kay is a very prominent and prolific UK economist and a well-known long-standing journalist for the Financial Times. He established and built the well-respected Institute for Fiscal Studies and has served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the Scottish First Minister.
  • Professor David Lane, Professional Development Foundation | Lane is a leading educational psychologist best known for developing widely adopted approaches to behavioural problems.
  • Professor the Lord Layard, director and founder, Well-being Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE | Richard Layard is one of the foremost labour market economists of his generation, and is best known for pioneering the adoption of the happiness – now wellbeing – agenda and championing the importance of mental health as a means to improved wellbeing, through work crossing the academic and policy fields.
  • Professor Robert MacIntosh, professor of strategic management, Heriot-Watt University | MacIntosh is a leading figure in social science research methods with a particular focus on business and management studies.
  • Professor Tim May, director, Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, University of Salford | May is a leading researcher in social theory and the methodological foundations of social research practice.
  • Hamish McRae, associate editor, the Independent newspaper | McRae is an outstanding journalist known for using and communicating social science insights, and is one of the foremost commentators on global future trends in economics, business and society.
  • Professor David McCrone, emeritus professor in the school of social sciences, University of Edinburgh | McCrone has an international reputation for his work on nationalism and the social construction of national identity.
  • Professor Derek McGhee, professor of sociology, University of Southampton | McGhee is an eminent scholar in the fields of identity, difference and citizenship, with particular interests on legislative discrimination and sexual minority groups, asylum seekers and migration policy, community cohesion, and counter-terrorism and security policies.
  • Professor Simon McGrath, professor of international education and development | McGrath is a leading researcher and activist in international education and development, with particular interests in technical and vocational education for development.
  • Nigel Meager, director, Institute for Employment Studies | Meager is a labour economist and expert on labour market and employment policy issues, well known for his long-standing advocacy and advancing of the application of social science to public policy.
  • Joaquim Oliveira Martins, head of division, OECD regional Development Policy Division | Martins is an economist and internationally influential expert and thinker in regional science and regional studies known for using excellent social science to underpin his advice at the highest levels.
  • Janice Morphet, visiting professor Bartlett School of Planning, UCL | Morphet is a leading figure in planning, both as a practitioner and as an academic researcher.
  • Professor Vanessa Munro, professor of law and society, University of Leicester | Munro is the leading scholar of her generation in the socio-legal study of sexual offenses.
  • Professor Mee Kam Ng, professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management, University of Hong Kong | Ng is internationally known for her research on planning policy and practices of Hong Kong and China.
  • The Rt Hon the Lord O’Donnell GCB, chair, Frontier Economics | Gus O’Donnell is a leading British economist with an outstanding career in public administration, having served as permanent secretary to HM Treasury, cabinet secretary and head of the Civil Service. He has also been a UK director at the IMF and World Bank. He is particularly known for his use of economics research in policy formation.
  • Professor Anthony O’Sullivan, honorary professor in urban studies, University of Glasgow | O’Sullivan is a leading figure in housing economics with particular contributions on subsidisation, inequality and public spending.
  • Professor Barry O’Sullivan, head of assessment research and development, British Council | O’Sullivan is a leading researcher in applied linguistics, with a specialist interest in language testing.
  • Ben Page, CEO Ipsos MORI (UK and Ireland) | Page is a prominent practitioner social scientist particularly known as an influential public communicator and interpreter of attitudinal and behavioural data.
  • Professor Alison Park, professor of social research and director of CLOSER at UCL Institute of Education | Park is a leading figure in the world of applied social research, with a particular interest in and advocacy of longitudinal data. She was director of NatCen’s British Attitudes Survey, where her leadership ensured that statistically robust attitudinal data gains a high public profile in the media and feeds into wider debates on social issues.
  • Professor Alan Petersen, professor of sociology, Monash University, Australia | Petersen is a leading figure in the sociology of health and illness, especially critical public health and the sociology of new technologies.
  • Professor Catherine Pope, professor of medical sociology, University of Southampton | Pope is a leading interdisciplinary champion of social science across the full range of health care professionals, with a particular interest in web science. She is a current member of the Academy’s Council.
  • Professor Peter Pope, professor of accounting, LSE | Pope is an intellectual leader in the area of market-based accounting and finance.
  • Professor Mark Priestley, professor of disability policy, University of Leeds | Priestley is a pioneer in the field of disability studies with an international reputation for his work on disability policy.
  • Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner National Infrastructure Commission | Rosewell is an influential UK economist known for advising high profile public and private sector bodies. She was chief economist and chief economic adviser to the Greater London Authority and is currently a commissioner for the government’s National Infrastructure Commission.
  • Amanda Rowlatt CBE, chief analyst and strategy director, Department for Transport | Rowlatt is a senior civil service director and economist who has held a series of executive board level positions across an exceptionally wide range of major government departments, in the development of which she is widely recognised as having emphasised the importance of social science research and an evidence base.
  • Professor Eileen Scanlon, Regius Professor of Open Education, Open University | Scanlon is a leading figure in educational technology and public understanding of science.
  • Mitchell Silver, commissioner, New York City Parks Department | Silver is an inspirational city planner, thought leader and communicator.
  • Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, LSE | Lord Stern is an internationally renowned economist in both the academic and policy spheres, as former head of the Government Economic Service, He is perhaps best known for his 2006 review of the economics of climate change and his subsequent work taking the findings to world leaders. More recently he has maintained his policy engagement with the Stern Review of the REF. He is also the president of the British Academy.
  • Professor Patrick Sturgis, director ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and professor in the Department of Social Statistics at the University of Southampton | Sturgis is a significant leader in the development and promotion of high quality social science research methods. He chaired the British Polling Council and Market Research Society’s independent enquiry into the problems surrounding the 2015 general election polls.
  • Professor Carol Tannahill, director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and chief social policy adviser, Scottish Government | Tannahill is a leading expert on public health, inequalities and wellbeing. She is also chief social policy adviser to the Scottish Government, working across government directorates to use social science evidence on issues of inequality, evidence-informed policy and the relationship between national policy and local delivery.
  • Matthew Taylor, chief executive, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce | Taylor is a social scientist who is a prominent and prolific communicator and commentator on social issues. He is a former director of the IPPR and political adviser. .
  • The Baroness Tyler of Enfield | Claire Tyler is a leading advocate on issues pertaining to health and social care, social mobility, poverty and disadvantage, children and family policy as well as older people and the voluntary sector, with a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing.
  • Anthony Teasdale, director general, European Parliamentary Research Service, Brussels | Teasdale is a practitioner social scientist in the world of policy, with particular interests in the history and workings of the European Union.
  • Professor Martin Walker, professor of finance and accounting, University of Manchester | Walker is a leading researcher in accounting and finance, with particular interest in market-based accounting research.
  • Dr David Webster, housing strategy manager, Glasgow City Council | Webster is a key producer, promoter and user of social science within local government in Scotland, in particular with respect to urban labour markets, deindustrialisation, hidden unemployment and welfare benefits.
  • Dr Peter Williams, executive director, Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association | Williams is a housing consultant who has worked in both academia and practice, and is a leading thinker in housing studies. He is particularly known for his work to promote the provision and use of good data in debates around housing and planning policy.
  • Professor Fulong Wu, Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London | Wu is internationally renowned for his work on urban China, especially the transformation of the internal spatial structure, poverty and urban governance of Chinese cities.
  • Gary Younge, editor-at-large and columnist, Guardian newspaper | Younge is one of Britain’s most eminent and internationally famous, award-winning journalists, with a particular interest in using social science in his work.

The Academy of Social Science’s mission is to promote social sciences in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. The academy is composed of individual academicians and learned societies; it responds to government and other consultations on behalf of the social science community, organizes meetings about social science and seminars on topics that span social science disciplines, and sponsors a number of efforts that promote social science and enhance its value to society.

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