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Brunel academic conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences


Brunel University London's Prof Louise Mansfield is now a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences – one of 40 outstanding social scientists conferred to the Academy's Fellowship this autumn. 

The newly elected Fellows are highly accomplished individuals recognised for excellence in their fields and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit. 

Prof Mansfield is a Professor of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, and who combines Co-directorship of the Centre for Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse with being Vice Dean of Research for the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

Her research focuses on the relationship between sport, culture, arts and public health and wellbeing. Across Brunel and beyond, she is regarded for developing evidence to inform policy and practice.

Professor Mansfield has led research projects for the Department of Health, the Youth Sport Trust, sportscotland, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council, Macmillan Cancer Support, Public Health England and Sport England. 

"I am honoured to be elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences," Prof Mansfield said. "I hope to use this recognition to further advocate for community approaches to sport, culture and the arts in addressing issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity – for the benefit of individuals and societies." 

This autumn’s cohort represents a great balance of practitioners and academics. Many are making exceptional efforts to tackle the urgent issues currently facing the UK in areas such as the economy, communities, the environment, places, and beyond. They are drawn from varied backgrounds, disciplines and institutions from across Britain and overseas. 

The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public, private and third sectors, across the full spectrum of the social sciences. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking, and practice, they have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world. 

All Academy Fellows are conferred following independent and robust peer review by the Academy’s Nominations Committee. They are selected on the basis of the substantial contributions they have made to policy and practice, and for going above and beyond the normal requirements of their roles. 

Will Hutton FAcSS, President, Academy of Social Sciences said: “The Academy of Social Sciences is delighted to welcome an excellent range of highly distinguished social scientists to join our ranks – as the work of social science becomes ever more important. We look forward to engaging with them in our work.”

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