Three Bath academics elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations to Professors Rosalind Marsh, Alan Lewis and Geof Wood who have all been elected as new members of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).

The Academy's mission is to promote social sciences in the UK for the public benefit. It is composed of over 700 individual academics (distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors) and 40 learned societies.

The three new members from Bath join a growing list of representatives from the University which include Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jane Millar.

Professor Rosalind Marsh works in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies and was appointed in 1990, becoming one of the first women Professors of Russian in the UK and the first woman to hold a Chair at Bath.

She was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, and did her postgraduate work at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and Moscow State University. She previously taught at The Queen's University of Belfast and at the University of Exeter.

Professor Alan Lewis is Professor of Economic Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He joined Bath as a Research Fellow in 1976 having completed a PhD in "Experimental Studies of Reciprocal Communications" at the University of Wales.

A former Head of the Department of Psychology, Professor Lewis is President of the International Association of Researchers in Economic Psychology and Director of Studies  for MRes. Environment, Energy and Resilience.

Professor Geof Wood is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Educated at the University of Sussex, he is a sociologist, specialising in International Development, with a regional focus on South Asia.

He was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences from 2005-2008; Head of the Department of Economics and International Development from 2000-2005; founder-director of the Institute for International Policy Analysis (IFIPA) from 1998 to 2005, and member of the Development Studies RAE panel 2008. He has just been elected as President of the UK Development Studies Association.

Professor Jane Millar said: “My congratulations to all three. This is a great achievement and a valuable contribution to the visibility and reputation of the University nationally.”

The University is hosting the AcSS ‘Campaign for Social Sciences Roadshow’ on 17 November.

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