Leading social scientists announced as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of Fellow on 65 leading social scientists, including two of our academics.

Professor Sarah Blandy (School of Law), and Professor Petra Meier (School of Health and Related Research), are among 65 leading social scientists, 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.

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 over 1,300 individual Fellows, 44 Member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates. Together, this body of organisations includes some 90,000 social scientists. Fellows are distinguished scholars and professional practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most learned societies in the social sciences in the UK are represented within the Academy. The Campaign for Social Science is an integral part of the Academy.

Professor Sarah Blandy

Sarah Blandy is Professor of Law and co-Director of the FreeLaw legal advice clinic, where she enjoys working with student volunteers and utilising her previous experience as a legal practitioner. Professor Blandy’s research is socio-legal, interdisciplinary and empirical, with a focus on the law and practice of collectively owning, managing and sharing property.

Her work on property rights and governance arrangements for multi-owned housing has led to invitations to participate in comparative projects in Europe and Australia, and to contribute to the Law Commission’s current project on Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership.

Professor Blandy said: “I was delighted to be nominated by the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and honoured to be awarded this Fellowship. I wholeheartedly support the Academy’s work in promoting the social sciences for the public benefit.”

Professor Sarah Blandy

Professor Petra Meier

Petra Meier is Professor of Public Health. She currently leads the UKPRP-funded SIPHER Consortium, a new centre for Systems Science in Public Health & Health Economic Research. Working closely with policy and practice partners, their research aims to create the evidence base to underpin health in all policies efforts by local, regional and national governments. The consortium is focusing on policies in the areas of inclusive economic growth, adverse childhood experiences, mental wellbeing and housing.

Professor Meier is also Director of the multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health Economics and Decision Science, which blends public health, health economics, mathematical modelling and social science training.

She is also Founder and Director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, an internationally leading centre for alcohol policy, epidemiological and economic research. SARG is one of the UK’s largest alcohol research groups with currently 31 researchers from disciplines including psychology, sociology, engineering, maths, social policy and economics.

Professor Meier said: “It is rather humbling and a great honour to be elected to prestigious Fellowship in recognition of my multidisciplinary work which operates at the interface of the medical, natural and social sciences. I look forward to continuing to push disciplinary boundaries and bring social science perspectives to some of the greatest challenges to health and wellbeing of our time.”

Professor Petra Meier