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British Academy recognises academic talent

Two University of Edinburgh academics have been elected Fellows of the British Academy.

Professors Tobias Kelly and Martin Pickering photographs. Side by side headshots

Professors Tobias Kelly and Martin Pickering have been recognised by the UK’s national academy for their notable academic contributions to the humanities and social sciences.   

They join 86 outstanding academics honoured with a fellowship this year. 

International research

Professor Tobias Kelly, pictured left, has been awarded the fellowship for his distinguished research into human rights, political violence, war and peace, and questions of evidence.

Professor Kelly is a political and legal anthropologist, based at the School of Social and Political Science.

As part of his work, he has carried out ethnographic and archival research in Britain, Israel/Palestine, and at the UN.

Over the years I have been generously supported by the British Academy in multiple ways, allowing me to collaborate with some amazing people, and have always appreciated the important work that the BA does. I am really honoured and delighted to have been elected a Fellow.

Professor Tobias Kelly

Psychology of language

Professor Martin Pickering, pictured right, has received the fellowship for his research investigating the psychology of language and communication.

Based in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, (PPLS) he conducts research into the production and comprehension of words, sentences, and discourse.  


I am delighted to have been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.  My research is concerned with many aspects of the psychology of language and communication, particularly in relation to how people speak, understand what other people say, and hold conversations.  It has been conducted in collaboration with many students and colleagues in PPLS and elsewhere, and I am extremely grateful for the fantastic support I have been given over the years by everyone around me.

Professor Martin Pickering

Great distinction

The British Academy was founded in 1902 with the aim to fund outstanding research nationally and internationally.

As the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences, the Academy provides an international forum for debate and engagement for the world’s most brilliant academics.


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Professor Tobias Kelly

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