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The Academy of Social Sciences has announced that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 84 leading social scientists, including three from the University of Oxford.

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They have been recognised after an extensive process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in higher education, government, public health and social policy, funding councils, charitable foundations and think tanks.

Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Pearson Professor of Educational Assessment and Director of the Department of Education, University of Oxford

Professor Baird has long been a leader in the field of educational assessment, pioneering the research-based identification and analysis of the educational policy implications of different approaches to assessment.

Professor David M Clark, Professor and Chair of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Professor Clark has made exceptional contributions to clinical and abnormal psychology and has been a leading figure in cognitive behavioural therapy. He is particularly known for his work on understanding and treating anxiety disorders, including PTSD, and therapies arising from his work are recommended as first line interventions in the NICE guidelines.

Professor Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Oxford

Professor Daly is a long-established leader in sociology and social policy, with particular interests in gender, welfare, family income and poverty.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy, said:

‘I am delighted that we have been able to confer a Fellowship on all these eminent social scientists. It is particularly gratifying to include a larger number of economists, policy makers and practitioners on this occasion. This is a result of our work to see representation from these areas increased to maintain balances between the individual disciplines and between academics and those working in the policy and practice communities. This gives the Academy legitimacy to speak on behalf of the social science community as a whole.’

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