Wolfson Governing Body Fellow named as 1 of 8 new Fellows of The Academy of Social Sciences


Oxford University’s Social Science Division has announced the news that eight of its academics have been conferred the award of Fellow by The Academy of Social Sciences including Wolfson’s own Professor Frances Gardner. 

The eight new Fellows come from across the Social Sciences division and include economics experts as well as researchers in Law, International Development, the Schools of Geography and the Department of Social Policy and Intervention.  

Professor Frances Gardner is a Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson and a professor of child and family psychology. Her work focuses on the development and testing of parenting interventions for reducing child behaviour problems, and violence against children, in high, as well as low- and middle-income countries.  

Of the award Frances said, ‘I was delighted to receive out of the blue an email in March from the committee suggesting nomination for this Fellowship – and even more delighted now to be appointed to the Academy of Social Sciences.  I feel enormous gratitude to all the amazingly talented DPhils, post docs and collaborators I have had the privilege to work with in Oxford- everything is a joint effort.’ 

The seven Oxford academics also joining Professor Gardner are: 

Dr Sabina Alkire is the director of the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, which aims to build and advance a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing multidimensional poverty, grounded in people’s experiences and values. 

Professor Patricia Daley is professor of the human geography of Africa. Her research interests include the political economy of population migration and settlement; the intersection of space, gender, militarism, sexual violence and peace and geographies of racialization and coloniality using Critical Race Theory and decolonizing methodologies. 

Professor Xiaolan Fu is professor of technology and international development. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in the UK/US. 

Professor Antonia Layard is professor of law and associate of the centre of socio-legal studies. Her research interests are in law and geography where she explores how law, legality and maps construct space, place and ‘the local’. 

Professor Tim Schwanen is director of the Transport Studies Unit. His research concentrates on the geographies of the everyday mobilities of people, goods and information. His work is international in outlook, interdisciplinary in scope, informed by the thinking in various sub-disciplines within Geography. 

Professor Frances Stewart is emeritus professor of Development Economics. Her work focuses on poverty, inequality and conflict in developing countries. She has been an adviser to the UNDP’s Human Development Report since its inception and received the Mahub ul Haq award for lifetime contribution to Human Development.  She has been President of the Human Development and Capability Association; President of the British and Irish Development Studies Association; Chair of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy and Vice-Chair of the Board of the International Food Policy Research Institute. 

Professor Dariusz Wójcik is professor of economic geography. His research combines insights derived from geography, economics, political economy, sociology and anthropology and is based on both quantitative and qualitative research methods.