Faculty academics announced as Fellows of the Academy of Social Science

Prof Flint and Prof DuffyTwo academics from the Faculty have been honoured as Fellows of the Academy of Social Science.

Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of International Politics, and Professor John Flint, Professor of Town and Regional Planning, are among 58 leading social scientists to be recognised by the Academy for the excellence and public impact of their work. It brings the number of Academy of Social Science Fellows in the Faculty to 32.

Professor Flint’s research spans urban studies, housing and social policy and has impacted policy and practice in the areas of anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, social security and housing. In September 2017 he became the Co-Director of Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Professor John Flint, said: "I am honoured to be recognised by the Academy in this way and to join several of my peers in our Faculty who are already Fellows. I feel fortunate to be involved with such a supportive and dynamic social science community.

“I look forward to supporting the work of the Academy in ensuring that the social sciences continue to make a vital contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of our times.”

Professor Duffy is the principal investigator on the BIOSEC project in the Department of Politics. The three-year project, funded by a £1.8million European Research Council grant, examines claims by national governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that wildlife poaching and trafficking are increasingly being used to fund organised crime and terrorist groups.

Professor Duffy said: “I’m delighted to become a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Collaboration has always been central to my research on environmental governance, biodiversity and conservation, so this recognition would not have been possible without the work and support of colleagues throughout my career.

“I am keen to contribute to the work of the Academy in promoting the value and importance of the social sciences.”

Professor Craig Watkins, Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “I am delighted that both Professor Duffy and Professor Flint have been conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences. It is thoroughly deserved recognition for their excellent contributions to their respective fields.

“It is also fantastic to add to the number of Fellows within the Faculty of Social Sciences and reflects our standing as an internationally leading Faculty.”

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said: “Each new Fellow has made an outstanding contribution in their respective field and together they demonstrate the vital role played by social science in addressing some of our most pressing public issues. We are delighted to welcome them to the Academy.”

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 University of Sheffield came 63rd internationally and 12th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 for Social Sciences. It was also ranked 56th for law and 49th for education.

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