UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Professor Joanna Chataway elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

1 September 2022

Professor Joanna Chataway, Head of Department in UCL STEaPP, has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of her excellence in the field and contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

Jo Chataway headshot

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, practitioners and learned societies in the social sciences. Their 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, all elected Fellows have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing societies and the world.

Professor Joanna Chataway has been Head of Department in UCL STEaPP since 2018 and has considerable research and consultancy experience in the areas of science policy, innovation and social and economic development.  

Currently, Professor Chataway is the Principal Investigator for IPPO, the International Public Policy Observatory, which provides UK policymakers with insights, evidence and analysis to enable them to address immediate social, economic and public health policy challenges. Prior to joining STEaPP, Professor Chataway was Deputy Director and Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and formerly a Director at RAND Europe, where she ran the Innovation and Technology team.

Joanna responded to news of her admission to Academy by saying: "I am really delighted to have been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.  Creating impact on the basis of rigorous research relies on teamwork and I’m very fortunate to work with highly creative, capable and smart people.”

Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences are conferred following independent and robust peer review by the Academy’s Nominations Committee. They are selected on the basis of the substantial contributions they have made to policy and practice, and for going above and beyond the normal requirements of their roles.

Will Hutton FAcSS, President, Academy of Social Sciences said: “The Academy of Social Sciences is delighted to welcome an excellent range of highly distinguished social scientists to join our ranks – as the work of social science becomes ever more important. We look forward to engaging with them in our work.