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Professor Alison Park announced Fellow for the Social Sciences

26 October 2016

Alison Park

The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of Fellow on 84 leading social scientists, including the IOE's Alison Park, Professor of Social Research and Director of CLOSER.

The new Fellows 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.

Professor Park is a leading figure in the world of applied social research, with a particular interest in and advocacy of longitudinal data. She was Director of NatCen's British Attitudes Survey, where her leadership ensured that statistically robust attitudinal data gains a high public profile in the media and feeds into wider debates on social issues.

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."