UNSW's strength in social policy has been acknowledged with another researcher elected Fellow of the prestigious Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Deborah Brennan, one of the country's leading researchers in families and work, early childhood education and community service provision, is the fourth member of UNSW's Social Policy Research Centre to be given the honour. Professors Bettina Cass, Peter Saunders and conjoint Professor Sheila Shaver are also Fellows.

"I am honoured and delighted to have received this recognition from the wider scholarly community," said Professor Brennan, one of 19 academics from around the country elected to the Academy this year.

The Academy is an autonomous non-government organisation devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the social sciences.

Fellows of the Academy are elected by their peers on the basis of having achieved a very high level of scholarly distinction and for having made a distinguished contribution to one or more disciplines in the social sciences.

There are close to 500 Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

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