Two LSE professors have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious British Academy, the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences. In recognition of their outstanding research, Professor Emily Grundy and Professor Sara Hobolt are among 66 new distinguished scholars elected to join the 1,400-strong British Academy Fellowship.
Professor Emily Grundy, Professor of Demography in the Department of Social Policy, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been elected a Fellow of the British Academy and would like to thank my current and former research teams for their part in helping me achieve this very great honour. I am looking forward to participating in the work of the Academy which is particularly important at the moment”.
Professor Sara Hobolt, Sutherland Chair in European Institutions at the European Institute and professor in the Department of Government, who has become the youngest current member of the Fellowship, said: “I am very honoured to be elected to the British Academy. This is an extremely important time to emphasise how social scientific research can contribute to a better informed public debate and public policy, and I look forward to working with distinguished colleagues in the British Academy to champion the humanities and social sciences.”
Commenting on the announcement, LSE Interim Director, Professor Julia Black, said: “We congratulate the School’s newest Fellows on their well-deserved recognition for outstanding scholarship and research within their respective fields. I am confident Professor Hobolt and Professor Grundy will be great assets to the Academy as it continues its important work of championing the humanities and social sciences.”
Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics at LSE and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, has also ended his term as President of the British Academy. He said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as President of the British Academy for the past four years. During that time, I have sought to champion the value of our disciplines, of questioning and examining what it means to be human, above all by fostering outstanding research, showing what we do and engaging in public discussion.”
The full list of 2017 Fellows is available here.