It was announced this week that two Oxford academics have received Academy of Social Sciences Fellowship status. They are Craig Jeffrey, Professor of Development Geography in the School of Geography and the Environment, and Louise Fitzgerald, Visiting Professor (Organisational Change) at the Saïd Business School. They are among 34 new recipients of the Fellowship status.
Professor Jeffrey is an internationally recognised expert in the interdisciplinary fields of South Asian and Development studies, specialising in the social geography and political anthropology of contemporary India, in particular the topic of Indian youth. He has published a large number of books and articles in these areas, sponsored by grants from the British Academy, National Science Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council.
He is currently leading a large international project on the politics of educated unemployed youth in South Asia, sponsored by a major grant from the Economic and Social Research Council and is working on a book on corruption in modern India based upon four years of fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh, north India.
Professor Fitzgerald, who is also Emeritus Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester, is a leading researcher in organisational change in complex organisations, especially healthcare services and in organisational development. She has held numerous grants for grant funding research, totalling over £800,000. Her most recent research examined health care managers' use of research evidence and how they share their knowledge, both across professions and with relevant organisations.
The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences. It has around 1,000 individual Fellows, who are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors.
They are awarded Fellowship status after peer group review of the standing and impact of their work and evaluation of their contribution to wider social science.