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Academics honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Three leading Edinburgh academics have been made Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The new Fellows are drawn from the School of Social and Political Science and the Business School.

They join 65 of their peers from around the UK as the Academy announced its new members drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences.

Public benefit

They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit.

This includes substantial contributions and leadership in various fields, including higher education, social, economic and environmental policy, government, law, charitable foundations and think tanks.

New fellows

The Edinburgh academics are:

Professor Viviene Cree, Professor of Social Work Studies. Professor Cree is a leading figure in social work research with special interests in talking and listening to children, and in the question of moral panics.

Professor Jonathan Crook, Professor of Business Economics. Professor Crook has an international reputation in the area of credit risk modelling and the economics of consumer credit.

Professor Jonathan Spencer, Regius Professor of South Asian Language, Culture and Society. Professor Spencer is an internationally known expert on south Asian nationalism, in particular the Sri Lankan conflict.

Each new distinguished Fellow has been recognised for their outstanding and impactful contributions in their respective fields, and will prove invaluable additions to the range of expertise within the Academy. This speaks not only to the power and scope of the social sciences to address the big issues of our time, but also to the growing depth and breadth of representation within the Academy as the voice of the social science community as a whole.

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSSChair of the Academy

Academy history

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 1200 individual Fellows, 42 Learned Societies, and a number of affiliate members, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists.

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