New Academy of Social Sciences in Australia fellows

Professor Guyonne Kalb and Professor Roger Wilkins from Melbourne Institute appointed new fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Four University of Melbourne academics, two from the Faculty of Business and Economics, have been welcomed as fellows into the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).

The fellowships recognise outstanding contribution to the social sciences and the peer-nominated process results in new members becoming part of a peak body that is called upon by government leaders to advise on public policy and address pressing issues facing Australian society.

The Academy welcomes new fellows across disciplines that focus on understanding and influencing the social world, including geography, economics, law, and public health.

The two academics from Faculty of Business and Economics are Professor Guyonne Kalb and Professor Roger Wilkins, both researchers at the Melbourne Institute.

They join  Professor Kim Dovey, Chair of Architecture & Urban Design, Melbourne School of Design, and Professor Michelle Foster, Director of Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School.

University of Melbourne fellows
Professor Kim Dovey, Professor Michelle Foster, Professor Guyonne Kalb, Professor Roger Wilkins.

Prof Kalb has a research focus on micro-economics, labour supply issues and childcare.

“I feel honoured to be recognised by my peers through this election. One of the aspects of the position that I value very much is that it is your colleagues who take the effort of nominating and seconding you. Most, if not all, of my research is through teamwork so collegiality is very important to me, and I very much appreciate the effort that others have made in nominating me,” said Prof Kalb.

“The other aspect of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia that I value highly is that the Academy seeks to have an impact outside academia to help create a better world through focussing on important questions and sharing relevant research in an accessible way. I hope I can be a kind colleague and collaborate with others in the Academy to contribute to important societal questions over the coming years,” she said.

Prof Wilkins has a research focus on poverty, social exclusion and welfare dependence.

“I am very honoured to have been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. The Academy is the peak body for the social sciences in Australia, working with a diverse range of academic, private, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve the lives of people and society,” said Prof Wilkins.

For more information about the ASSA fellowships, visit the website.