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Loughborough Professor conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Jo Aldridge of Loughborough’s School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences has been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, it was announced today.

She is amongst 47 new Fellows, drawn from leading academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said: “The outstanding contributions of each new Fellow are a testament to the breadth of the social sciences, both in their ability to inform policy for public benefit, as well as in addressing some of our most pressing societal issues.

“The range of expertise of our more than 1,100 eminent Fellows speaks to the Academy’s growing reach as the representative voice of the social science community as a whole.”

Jo Aldridge, Professor of Social Policy and Criminology, is a pioneering social policy academic researcher with a particular focus on vulnerable children and adults, establishing the concept of ‘young carers’.

She is the Director of the Young Carers Research Group, a Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and has worked with UNICEF and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child research.

Speaking about the achievement, she said: “I am delighted to be awarded the Academy of Social Sciences Fellowship, which recognises the significance and impact of social science research, policy and practice.

“For me, this award recognises the value of the social policy research I have conducted at Loughborough University over the years, specifically on young carers and their families, which has helped to inform and change policy and practice but, more importantly, to transform lives.”