A University of Stirling professor has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of his excellent contribution to the sector.
Adrian Blackledge, Professor of Sociolinguistics, is one of 37 leading social scientists to be acknowledged this spring, and is conferred with the award for his impact and wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.
Fellows of the renowned Academy, which promotes social science across the UK, are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors, who are elected by their peers for their outstanding contributions to research and for their application of social science to policy, education, society and the economy.
Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Stirling
This recognition from the Academy is not exclusively for my own work, but for the outstanding achievements of those with whom I have collaborated, and with whom I have shared the research journey over the last thirty years. I extend my gratitude to researchers, students, participants, colleagues, and partners, for their generosity and patience.
Professor Judith Phillips, the University's Deputy Principal (Research), said: “This is well deserved recognition from Professor Blackledge’s peers and on behalf of everyone at the University, I would like to congratulate him.
“We are delighted to see the value of his ongoing contribution to social sciences acknowledged by the Academy.”
Professor Roger Goodman, President of the Academy of Social Sciences, said: “Our new Fellows have been selected for the excellence of their research, impact, thought leadership, and the practical application of social science to real world problems.
“I congratulate them all and look forward to collaborating with them in promoting high quality social science in the UK and across the world.”
Professor Blackledge said: “I am delighted that the Award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences has been conferred on me for my contribution to the study of language in society.
“This recognition from the Academy is not exclusively for my own work, but for the outstanding achievements of those with whom I have collaborated, and with whom I have shared the research journey over the last thirty years. I extend my gratitude to researchers, students, participants, colleagues, and partners, for their generosity and patience.
“As a Fellow of the Academy, I will continue to raise the profile of research in the social sciences as an essential means to address social and economic challenges.”
Adrian Blackledge is Professor of Sociolinguistics at University of Stirling. He conducts ethnographic research in the field of language in society, with a particular focus of multilingualism and translanguaging. He has published widely on both multilingualism and sociolinguistics. He was Birmingham Poet Laureate from 2014-2016.
He is currently developing creative approaches to the representation of research outcomes.
Academy of Social Sciences
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 UK for public benefit. The Academy is composed of approximately 1,400 individual Fellows, 46 Member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates. Together, this body of organisations is a community of some 90,000 social scientists. Academy Fellows are leading professional social scientists from academia and the public and private sectors.