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ESS Director appointed Academy of Social Sciences Fellow

City, University of London professor given prestigious social sciences honour

by Chris Lines (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor Rory Fitzgerald, Director of the European Social Survey (ESS), based at City, University of London, has been appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The Award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) was conferred on Professor Fitzgerald for his contribution to social science, mainly through his work with the ESS.

It marks a significant milestone for Professor Fitzgerald, the ESS and City, University of London.

Professor Rory FitzgeraldProfessor Rory Fitzgerald 

The Academy of Social Science – a representative body formed of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences – has a mission to promote social science in the United Kingdom for the public benefit, mainly through the Campaign for Social Science.

The Campaign promotes social science research on policy issues that affect all social science disciplines and Higher Education Institutes across the United Kingdom.

Campaign activities focus on evidence-based policy briefings and reports, events and promoting the social sciences in the media.

It aims to inform and influence public policy using evidence from the social sciences and to promote the benefits of investment in social science education, research and infrastructure.

In reaction to the news, Professor Fitzgerald said:

“I am delighted to have become a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. As an academic survey practitioner, I hope the conferment highlights the close link between academic survey methods and survey practice in the field.”

“I am also delighted as it highlights the role of comparative surveys such as the European Social Survey and underlines their valuable role in the social sciences.”

The Academy includes around 1,400 individual Fellows, 46 Learned Societies and a number of affiliates, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists. 73 Fellows were appointed in this current round.

Fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia as well as from within the public and private sectors.

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.

“The Academy is unique in the UK in conferring Fellowship to professional social scientists from a wide range of employment sectors and across all social science disciplines.

“This remarkable community of experts has used the social sciences to deliver public benefit in the realms of social, economic and environmental policy, and in higher education, regional development, government and law.

“I offer our new Fellows many congratulations and look forward to collaborating with them.”

Other Academy Fellows at City, University of London include: Professor Sylvia Walby OBE, Professor Inderjeet Parmar, Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova and Professor Andy Pratt.

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