In recognition of their outstanding scholarship, two professors from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences.
Each year at its Annual General Meeting, the British Academy elects into its Fellowship UK-based scholars who are highly distinguished academics and who are recognised for their outstanding research and work across the humanities and social sciences.
This year LSE's Professor David Soskice (pictured), School Professor of Political Science and Economics, and Professor Michael Bridge, Cassel Professor of Commercial Law, were among 42 scholars elected.
Commenting on the announcement, Professor Soskice of the Department of Government said: “I feel very honoured to be elected to the British Academy and I see this as reflecting the exciting study of comparative political economy at LSE.”
Professor Bridge (pictured), Department of Law, added: “It is a great honour to be elected to the Academy, where the LSE Law Department has long played and continues to play a prominent part.”
Professor Mary Morgan, Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics in the Department of Economic History, was also elected as a Vice President at the Academy and will begin her tenure from 2014.
The meeting also marked the beginning of Professor Lord Stern of Brentford's tenure as the President of the British Academy.
In his speech to the AGM, Lord Stern highlighted the importance of informed debate to tackle important contemporary issues: “We should drive public debate forward on issues that face us all - issues such as ageing, migration, well-being, liberty and equity, and environment and climate change. These all require deep understanding and reflection, for which research from the humanities and social sciences is essential.” To read the full transcript of his speech, click here.
Lord Stern is the first President of the British Academy from LSE since Lord Robbins in 1962.