Professor of International Politics and BIOSEC PI, Rosaleen Duffy, has been honoured as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science. She is among 58 leading social scientists to be recognised by the Academy for the excellence and public impact of their work.
Rosaleen Duffy is the Principal Investigator on the BIOSEC project in the Department of Politics. The four-year project, funded by a £1.8million European Research Council grant, examines claims by national governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that wildlife poaching and trafficking are increasingly being used to fund organised crime and terrorist groups.
On her conferment, Rosaleen said: “I am keen to contribute to the work of the Academy in promoting the value and importance of the social sciences. One of the key challenges for social science is the ability to attract, and keep, excellent researchers for UK academia; being able to offer good working conditions, fair pay and a decent pension are central to this. I hope that these issues will be addressed in campaigns for social science by the Academy.”
Alongside Rosaleen Duffy, Professor John Flint, Co-Director of Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor in Town and Regional Planning, was awarded the accolade. Their awards bring the number of Academy of Social Science Fellows in the Faculty to 32.
Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said: “Each new Fellow has made an outstanding contribution in their respective field and together they demonstrate the vital role played by social science in addressing some of our most pressing public issues. We are delighted to welcome them to the Academy.”
The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for the public benefit.
The University of Sheffield came 63rd internationally and 12th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 for Social Sciences. It was also ranked 56th for law and 49th for education.
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