New Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of Fellow on 75 leading social scientists – including eight Oxford academics

The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from across the full breadth of the social sciences. Each year, new Fellows are recognised for the excellence and impact of their work and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking, and practice, they have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world.

The Academy’s mission is to promote social science in the United Kingdom, and the new Fellows have been recognised – after an extensive peer review process – for the excellence and impact of their work in this area.

It is an honour to see such an impressive number of colleagues from our division selected as new Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences. Their inclusion demonstrates an outstanding contribution to their field, and the wider impact that their research is having on public benefit. I look forward to seeing how their knowledge and expertise continues to positively influence the work of the social sciences community.
Professor Tim Power, Head of the Social Sciences Division

Dr Sabina Alkire is Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at ODID. Her research focuses on multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis. Together with Professor James Foster of George Washington University she devised a new method for measuring poverty that has been adopted by governments around the world.

Professor Xiaolan Fu is Professor of Technology and International Development and Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at ODID. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; and innovation and productivity in the UK/US. Her work has been influential in changing our understanding of the role of innovation in enabling development.

Professor Frances Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Development Economics and was Director of ODID between 1993 and 2003. In 2009 she was awarded the UNDP’s Mahbub ul Haq award for her lifetime’s achievements in promoting human development.

Professor Patricia Daley is Professor of the Human Geography of Africa and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her research explores themes including the political economy of population migration and settlement, racial hierarchies and violence, intersectionality and feminist geo-politics, and political ecology, mainly with a geographical focus on East and Central Africa, and also the UK. In addition to her academic achievements, Professor Daley regularly speaks at community events and to the media.

Professor Tim Schwanen is Professor of Transport Studies and Geography, and Director of the Transport Studies Unit. Tim's research concentrates on the geographies of the everyday mobilities of people, goods and information. It is international in outlook, interdisciplinary in scope, and is informed by the thinking in various sub-disciplines within Geography. His research interests also include technological and social innovation, politics and governance, and justice in the transition to low-carbon transport.

Professor Dariusz Wójcik is Professor of Economic Geography, specialising in financial geography. He has published six books and over one hundred articles and book chapters in leading journals and edited volumes, in geography, financial economics, political economy, and sustainability. He has been awarded 15 grants with a total value of over £3.6 million, funded by organisations in the UK, EU, China and Australia. His contribution to research has been recognised by nominations to the editorial boards of several journals.

Professor Frances Gardner is Professor of Child and Family Psychology. Her research focuses on the development and testing of parenting interventions for reducing child behaviour problems, and violence against children, in high, as well as low and middle income countries, with projects in the UK, USA, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and the Philippines. She investigates questions about transportability of parenting interventions across cultures and countries, about mechanisms of change, and about the subgroups of families and children for whom these interventions are most effective.

Professor Antonia Layard is a Professor of Law. Her research interests are in law and geography where she explores how law, legality and maps construct space, place and ‘the local’. She has particular interests in ‘urban law’, and the legal provisions and practices involved in highways, mobilities and buses. 

Read the full list of new Fellows