Head of Politics at University of Leicester receives distinguished honour
Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 April 2012
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The national Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of Academician to a distinguished scholar from the University of Leicester. The award is for making a significant contribution to the social sciences and is by nomination and peer group review.
The honour has been conferred upon Professor Mark Phythian, Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester.
Professor Elizabeth Murphy, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Science, said:
“This award represents recognition from leading members of the social science community of the distinguished contribution that Professor Mark Phythian has made to the study and development of social sciences for the public benefit.”
Professor Phythian’s research has primarily been concerned with issues of international security. Over the past several years he has played a leading role in developing a body of work aimed at defining and advancing Intelligence Studies as a distinct field of social science research. This work has helped establish a social science framework for the study of intelligence and develop a basis for the comparative study of intelligence systems and cultures. The 2nd edition of his book, Intelligence in an Insecure World, co-authored with Peter Gill, will be published by Polity Press in the autumn.
Professor Cary Cooper, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences said: "The voice of the social sciences grows ever stronger by bringing together the outstanding social scientists of our time."
The Academy of Social Sciences’ mission is to promote social sciences in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. The Academy is composed of over 700 Individual Academicians and 40 Learned Societies. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most of the Learned Societies in the social sciences in the United Kingdom are represented within the Academy
The objectives of the Academy are:
to promote excellence in and encourage the advancement of the social sciences in the United Kingdom through research, education and service to the community;
to support its constituent Learned Societies and to encourage collaboration to promote interdisciplinary approaches to social science
to represent, in conjunction with the constituent Learned Societies, the interests of the social sciences in the United Kingdom
• to national and local government,
• research, teaching and funding bodies and agencies
• private sector companies
• public sector agencies
to comment as appropriate on national needs and priorities in the social sciences.
to encourage international co-operation in the advancement of the social sciences
to disseminate information about the social sciences and what they contribute to Society, to the general public and to educational institutions;
to recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions of individual social scientists
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