Social science academics elected as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Six Humanities colleagues have been recognised by the Academy of Social Sciences, including five academics from the School of Social Sciences.

Congratulations to six Manchester academics who have been named as new Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. We are delighted that five of the new Fellows are based in our School of Social Sciences.

Professors Bridget Byrne, Jackie Carter, David Gadd, Natalie Shlomo and Maja Zehfuss are five of 73 new Fellows, drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. All have been elected for their outstanding contributions to research, and for their application of social science to policy, education, society and the economy.

Prof Byrne is Professor of Sociology in School of Social Sciences (SoSS), and director of the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity and Inequality (CODE). Her most recent work has considered ethnicity, race and inequality in the UK, with a focus on how the Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the extent of racial inequality in the UK.

Prof Carter is a Professor of Statistical Literacy in the School of Social Sciences. She was recently named a National Teaching Fellow and one of her major accomplishments is developing a living-wage paid work-placement programme for students.

Prof Gadd is a Professor of Criminology, with over two decades of experience of conducting and analyzing in-depth interview research with offenders, he has written extensively on the subjects of domestic abuse, masculinities and crime, racial harassment, offender motivation and desistance from crime. His current research interests include human trafficking and the Aftermath of Violence.

Prof Shlomo is a Professor of Social Statistics, with research interests in topics related to survey statistics and survey methodology. She is an elected council member of the International Statistical Institute and served as Vice-President until 2019.

Prof Zehfuss is a Professor of International Politics, her research interests are in migration, war, ethics, the idea of humanity, vulnerability, memory, refusing and relationality, the question of the international and poststructural thought. Her most recent book, War and the Politics of Ethics (OUP 2018) received an honourable mention for the BISA Susan Strange Book Prize.

The Academy of Social Science is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public and private sectors, across the full breadth of the social sciences. Through leadership, applied research, policymaking and practice, they have helped to address and deepen understanding of some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world. Their work has contributed to the UK’s position as a global leader in the social sciences.

Professor Roger Goodman, President of the Academy of Social Sciences, said: “We are extremely proud to welcome 73 new Fellows to the Academy who are so highly accomplished and driving social and economic transformation across societies. They have been selected following a robust review by their peers and have been recognised for the excellence of their work and its applications in academia, business and the public sector.”

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