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20 April 2011


Four leading University social scientists have been honoured by The Academy of Social Sciences.

Professors Chris Webster and Paul Milbourne, both of the School of City and Regional Planning, Professor Michael Reed, Cardiff Business School and Professor Alan Felstead of the School of Social Sciences have all been conferred as Academicians for their outstanding contribution to the social sciences.

As Academicians they support the Academy’s mission of promoting excellence in the social sciences and encouraging its advancement in the UK through research, education and service to the community. The Academy responds to Government consultations on behalf of the social sciences community as part of its aim to promote social sciences for the public benefit.

There are 40 learned society members of the Academy and over 700 individual Academicians as well as a number of Affiliate members. Recipients of the Award are drawn from academic, policy-making and practitioner backgrounds.

Professor Graham Hutchings, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: "It is very pleasing that some of our leading academics here at Cardiff have been recognised for their tremendous contribution to the social sciences.

"Their research is helping to shape society today, and potentially, it could have profound effects on society in the future. I congratulate each of them for this achievement, both personally, and for the University."

The four brings the total number of University staff to be conferred by the Academy to 27, placing the University among the top institutions in the UK to have Academicians of the Academy of Social Sciences amongst its staff.

Chris Webster WEBProfessor Chris Webster

Professor Chris Webster, is Head of the School of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE), which he founded in 2000. His current research involves a number of key projects investigating the evolution of property rights and urban poverty in six Chinese cities.

He is one of the few Professors to be an editor of both a research journal (co-editor of Environment and Planning B) and a teaching journal (founding editor of CEBE Transactions). He has made an outstanding contribution to urban theory, earning him the Donald Robertson Memorial Prize in 2003, among many other accolades.

Paul Milbourne WEBProfessor Paul Milbourne

Professor Paul Milbourne is Director of Research at the School of City and Regional Planning. He is the Director of the University's Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Space and the Wales Rural Observatory, which undertakes independent research and analysis on social, economic and environmental themes in rural Wales.

His research interests focus on geographies of poverty, welfare and the environment. He is currently involved in research on community gardening in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods in the UK, community grown food initiatives in Wales and an RCUK funded project on the relations between older people, poverty and place.

Mike Reed WEBProfessor Mike Reed

Professor Mike Reed, from Cardiff Business School, research interests cover the new forms of organisation that are emerging in the ‘knowledge-based-economy’ and their implications for the management and control of ‘expert labour’.

He has a particular interest in the longer-term impact of New Managerialism and New Public Management. He has conducted empirical research in a range of public services organisations, including the NHS and Higher Education, focusing on new forms of expert management and control.

He is a founding editor of the journal, Organization, and has published extensively in leading journals such as Organization Studies and Journal of Management Studies.

Alan Felstead WEBProfessor Alan Felstead

Professor Alan Felstead, School of Social Sciences, has a distinguished research record in the field of employment with relevance to the academic, policy-making and practitioner communities. His research focuses on the quality of work, training, skills and learning; non-standard employment, and the spaces and places of work.

He has completed over 30 funded research projects (including nine funded by the ESRC), produced six books, and written over 150 journal articles, book chapters and research reports.

He is currently undertaking two ESRC funded research projects. One examines the impact of the recent recession on training and learning activity, and the other investigates how and why skills used at work and the quality of employment have changed over time.

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