Loughborough Professor made Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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Loughborough University’s Professor Andrew Chadwick has been awarded a Fellowship by the Academy of Social Sciences.

He is one of just 40 outstanding social scientists from across the UK to have been conferred Fellowship of the Academy 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.

Professor Chadwick specialises in political communication and is Director of the University’s Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C) in the Department of Communication and Media. Author of multiple award-winning books and research articles and editor of a highly respected book series, he currently leads the Leverhulme-funded Everyday Misinformation Project.

He has served as an adviser to several public bodies including the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the advocacy group Clean Up The Internet.

Speaking about his Fellowship, Professor Chadwick said: “I’m deeply honoured by this recognition. Political communication research has never been more important for making a positive difference in a world where democratic norms are threatened by disinformation and deception. I feel privileged to join the Academy’s mission to champion the vital role social science plays in improving public policy, society and all our lives.”

Loughborough’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Jennings added: “To be made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences is a significant honour and testament to the outstanding academic achievements of Professor Chadwick. It is great to see his work at the forefront of this important area being recognised.”

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 help to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing 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.

The full list of the Academy’s Autumn Fellows can be viewed here.