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The school of law Congratulates  Gráinne McKeever on her well deserved election as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Gráinne was nominated to the AcSS by the Socio-Legal Studies Association in recognition of her world leading research and impact in the fields of social security law and access to justice.

The Academy of Social Sciences is delighted to welcome 41 leading social scientists to its Fellowship this spring.

Elected for their substantial contributions to social science in a range of areas including land law reform, rural socio-economic change, ageing populations, social inequalities, urban development challenges and migration, this spring’s cohort of Fellows highlight the importance, breadth and relevance of the social sciences to tackling the varied challenges facing society today. As well as excellence in research and professional use of social science, new Fellows, who are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and professions, have also made significant contributions beyond the academy, including to industry, policy and higher education.

President of the Academy, Will Hutton, said: “At a time when the importance of the social sciences to addressing many pressing issues cannot be overstated, it’s a pleasure to welcome these 41 leading social scientists to the Academy’s Fellowship. Their contributions have furthered our understanding in tackling a wide range of societal challenges including mitigating health and economic inequalities, understanding the causes and effects of hate crime, the development of inclusive practices in education, and the future of cities. We look forward to working with them to further promote the vital role the social sciences play in all areas of our lives.”

The Academy’s Fellowship comprises over 1,500 leading social scientists from academia, the public, private and third sectors.  Fellows’ expertise covers the breadth of the social sciences, and their practice and research addresses some of the major challenges facing communities, society, places and economies.

All Academy Fellows are selected through an independent peer review which recognises their excellence and impact, including their wider contributions to social sciences for public benefit.

The new Fellows have been elected from 30 UK organisations, comprising 25 Higher Education Institutions, as well as think tanks, research institutes and nonprofits, and from countries beyond the UK including Australia and South Korea.