Professor announced as Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences
Brendan Gough, Professor of Social Psychology at Leeds Beckett, is one of 84 leading social scientists awarded the Fellowship by the Academy.
The new Fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners and policymakers. They have been recognised after an extensive process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in higher education, government, public health and social policy, funding councils, charitable foundations and think tanks.
Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to confer a Fellowship on all these eminent social scientists. It is particularly gratifying to include a larger number of economists, policy makers and practitioners on this occasion. This is a result of our work to see representation from these areas increased to maintain balances between the individual disciplines and between academics and those working in the policy and practice communities. This gives the Academy legitimacy to speak on behalf of the social science community as a whole.”
Professor Brendan Gough is a leading figure in three fields of psychology – qualitative research, critical social psychology and men’s health and masculinities. He has published widely on gender identities and relations, mostly in the context of health, lifestyles and wellbeing.
Speaking about the announcement, he added: “I was delighted to receive the letter from the Academy – I was nominated by the British Psychological Society months ago and had forgotten all about it! Although it is a personal award I must emphasise the support of many colleagues I have collaborated with over the years and, of course, the support of my family. The reaction of friends and colleagues has been lovely and it is great that awards like this raise the profile of Psychology and Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett.
Other Fellows announced by the Academy of Social Sciences include former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell GCB, author of the Stern Review and President of the British Academy, Professor the Lord Stern of Brentford and Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, who is Chief Executive of HEFCE.