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UCL academics elected as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

2 October 2023

Six academics from across UCL have been elected as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of their excellence in fields including economics, peacebuilding and gender inequality, with work addressing some of the major social issues facing the UK and the world.

Images of the six academics elected fellows

The Academy of Social Sciences Fellowship comprises 1,500 social scientists from academia, the public, private and third sectors. New Fellows are recognised after an independent peer process for the impact of their cross-disciplinary work and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

The academics elected to the Fellowship are: 

  • Professor D'Maris Coffman (UCL Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction) is a Professor of Economics and Finance whose research spans infrastructure, construction, and climate change.
  • Professor Wendy Carlin CBE FBA (UCL Economics) is a Professor of Economics, who leads the international CORE project to reform undergraduate economics curriculum and whose research focuses on macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and the economics of transition.
  • Professor Sir Richard Blundell CBE FBA (UCL Economics) holds the David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy at UCL and his research covers microeconometrics, labour economics, public finance, consumer behaviour, labour supply, inequality, household behaviour, human capital and tax policy analysis.
  • Professor Imran Rasul OBE FBA (UCL Economics) is a Professor of Economics at UCL and Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute of Fiscal Studies.
  • Professor Tejendra Pherali (IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society) is a Professor of Education, Conflict and Peace whose research focuses on interactions between education and conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding in fragile environments.
  • Pro-Provost Professor Alison Koslowski (IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society) is the Professorial Director of Thomas Coram Research Unit at UCL and her research focuses on policies and practices that can reduce gender inequalities, promote greater work-family balance, and improve family well-being.

They join 41 other newly elected social scientists from across the UK and around the world. This autumn’s cohort of Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and professions, and have made significant contributions to industry, policy and higher education.

Professor Geraint Rees, UCL Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement) said: “I want to commend this immensely accomplished group of academics who have been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences. Their expertise and achievements have had a tremendous impact on UCL and the wider world, and this honour reminds us of the continuing importance of the social sciences in today’s world.”

Will Hutton, President of the Academy of Social Sciences, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome these 47 leading social scientists to the Academy’s Fellowship. Throughout their careers so far, they have furthered our understanding, and made practical contributions, in a range of areas including improving the lives of children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, post-conflict educational reforms and the role of education in peacebuilding, and working with planning authorities to value ecosystem services.” 

The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public, private and third sectors, across the full spectrum of the social sciences. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking, and practice, they have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing society and the world.



  • Top (L-R): Professor D'Maris Coffman, Professor Wendy Carlin, Professor Sir Richard Blundell
  • Bottom (L-R): Professor Imran Rasul, Professor Tejendra Pherali, Pro-Provost Professor Alison Koslowski