NEWS - Co-Director elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Our Co-Director and Lead of our Safer Communities programme, Professor Susan McVie, has joined the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Congratulations to Susan who has been elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for her outstanding contributions to research and her application of social science to policy, education, society and the economy. 

Academy of Social Sciences | Seventy-three leading social scientists join the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

“I am honoured and delighted to have been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. I have spent many years working to increase capacity in quantitative methods across the social sciences, and promote the use of survey and administrative datasets amongst social scientists, especially within the field of criminology, so this is a really tremendous acknowledgement of that contribution.”

– Professor Susan McVie, Co-Director at SCADR

Leading authority on quantitative criminology

Susan McVie OBE FRSE is Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research and Professor of Quantitative Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. She is also Director of the Understanding Inequalities project; Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime and a founding member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. From 2009-2017, she was Director of the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).

She is an expert in advanced quantitative methods and the majority of her research involves using large-scale, crime and justice-related survey and administrative datasets. Susan is consulted on a range of crime and justice-related issues by central and local governments, third sector organisations and private sector bodies.  During the Coronavirus pandemic, she has been working as an expert advisor to Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2014 and received an OBE for services to social science in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2016.

In July 2019, together with Professor Lesley McAra, she was awarded the ESRC Impact prize for Outstanding Public Policy for their work on the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime. 

Recognising leadership in social sciences

Founded in 1982, the Academy of Social Sciences is the UK’s representative body for social sciences and is composed of approximately 1400 individual fellows and 46 Learned Societies. The Campaign for Social Science is the outward-facing, advocacy voice of the Academy of Social Sciences.

“The Academy is unique in the UK in conferring Fellowship to professional social scientists from a wide range of employment sectors and across all social science disciplines. This remarkable community of experts has used the social sciences to deliver public benefit in the realms of social, economic and environmental policy, and in higher education, regional development, government and law. I offer our new Fellows many congratulations and look forward to collaborating with them.”

– Professor Roger Goodman, President of the Academy of Social Sciences

This article was published on 27 Oct 2020