UNSW Canberra’s Professor Helen Dickinson has been awarded a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Dickinson said that it was a great honour to be nominated by her peers for this award.

“It is also very humbling for it [the nomination] to be conferred by the Academy who do incredibly important work in promoting the social sciences for the benefit of the public,” she said.

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. Professor Dickinson was nominated for the award by the Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare for the work that she has done related to this academic society. 

 “This fellowship will help me to make a contribution to this important work, which can be in the areas of thought leadership, practical application or policy development,” Professor Dickinson said.  

In 2019, 65 leading social scientists were recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in various fields, including higher education, social, economic and environmental policy, government, law, charitable foundations and think tanks.

The Academy of Social Sciences is composed of 1335 individual Fellows43 Learned Societies and a number of affiliates, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists. Fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors.

Professor Dickinson is a professor of Public Service Research and Director of the Public Service Research Group at UNSW Canberra. With an expertise in public services, particularly in relation to topics such as governance, leadership, commissioning and priority setting and decision-making, Professor Dickinson has published eighteen books and over sixty peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics.