Peter Townsend, professor of international social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science has been elected senior fellow of the British Academy.
The prime criterion for election to senior fellow of the Academy is academic distinction as reflected in scholarly research activity and publication. There are currently 42 British Academy fellows who are based at LSE.
Professor Townsend was acting director of the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights in 2002 and was a member of an LSE/University of Bristol team publishing a report in 2003 for UNICEF Child Poverty in the Developing World. He is currently completing a research project on a grant from the British Academy on 'The Measurement of Poverty and Human Rights, with special reference to children' and is contributing to a roundtable in Colorado at the end of July on 'the role of the United States in the fight against global poverty' - organised by Blum Capital, the Aspen Institute, the Brookings Global Poverty Initiative and the Ethical Globalisation Initiative (directed by Mary Robinson).
In September, Peter Townsend will give the main lecture at a poverty summit on New World, New Poverty, organised by the Central Policy Unit and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in Hong Kong.
26 July 2004