Anthropologist Henrietta Moore, a visiting professor at LSE, has been appointed to the body which directs research policy on behalf of Europe's scientific community.
She was appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council for four years. The council, funded by the European Commission, sets a research strategy across Europe, monitors quality and performance and steers the communication of research.
Professor Moore is Director of the Culture and Globalisation Programme at LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance and a former governor and pro-director at the School. She is William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Moore's work takes a distinctive approach to the comparative analysis of gender and sexuality and to the intersections between culture and globalisation.
She is one of three new members of the Scientific Council, all of whom were selected after consultation with the scientific research community, and is one of only five social scientists on the council.
Professor Moore said: 'I'm delighted - it's an organisation which plays a very valuable role in promoting innovative research in Europe and I am looking forward to helping develop that strategy.'
The other new council members are Professor Sierd Cloetingh of VU University Amsterdam and Professor Carlos Duarte of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research..
For more information about the European Research Council, visit its website at http://erc.europa.eu/
6 May 2009