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Birkbeck Professor made Fellow of Academy of Social Scientists

Prof Jacqueline Barnes recognised for work on emotional and behavioural development

One of Birkbeck’s leading social scientists, Professor Jacqueline Barnes, has been conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Barnes’ research looks at children’s behavioural and emotional development, the importance of community characteristics in development and evaluation of Government services for families and children, including Sure Start and the Nurse Family Partnership scheme.

The title of Fellow is bestowed upon social scientists after an exhaustive process of peer-review which evaluates individuals’ contributions to the advancement of social science. This might entail thought leadership based on innovative research; the applying of evidence for policy; sustained advocacy which has improved public understanding of issues where social sciences can make a contribution; and/or the adoption of social science insights in practice.

Commenting on the Professor Barne’s Fellowship, Professor Mike Oaksford, Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences, said: “Congratulations to Professor Barnes on her Fellowship. She is an outstanding researcher who has greatly advanced our understanding of the factors contributing to healthy emotional and behavioural development in children.”

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences, with a mission to promote social science in the UK for the public benefit.

The Academy is composed of around 1000 individual Fellows, 41 Learned Societies, and a number of affiliate members, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists. Fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors.