Social Sciences building at University of Sydney

Sydney professors elected Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences

22 November 2023
Joining over 700 leading researchers in social sciences
Three esteemed University of Sydney professors have earned peer recognition for their significant global contributions to history and psychology.

The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) brings together over 700 of Australia's leading researchers and accomplished professionals representing a spectrum of social science disciplines in Australia.

Fellows are elected through a demanding selection process where peers carefully evaluate candidates for their globally acclaimed contributions to their respective fields. 

Left to right: Professor Muireann Irish, Professor Sharon Naismith and Professor James Curran

The Sydney professors joining the Academy as the 2023 Fellows are:

"Through rigorous research and evidence-based analysis, social scientists contribute valuable insights that inform decision-making, drive innovation and enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities. They are the architects of progress and visionaries of social science, and I warmly welcome them to the Fellowship," said Academy President Professor Richard Holden. 

Professor Ben Colagiuri, Head of the School of Psychology, congratulated Professors Naismith and Irish.

"Congratulations to Professors Sharon Naismith and Muireann Irish on their very well-deserved election as Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. I am extremely proud of their world-leading research, which has had an enormous impact on our understanding of healthy ageing, sleep, dementia, and memory. I look forward to seeing their excellent research continue to advance our knowledge for the better of society," he said.

Chris Hilliard, Challis Professor of History and Interim Head of School for the School of Humanities, commended Professor James Curran's ongoing contributions to public discourse on Australia's foreign relations.

"It is great to see Professor James Curran recognised as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. James's standing as a historian of Australian foreign relations is unparalleled, and he has been a major contributor to public debate on Australia-China relations, through his books and media appearances, and most recently as a columnist for the Australian Financial Review," he noted.