26 September 2016

Five University of Queensland researchers have been admitted to The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in recognition of their research strengths in social sciences.

Professor Tim Dunne, Professor Flavio Menezes, Professor Martin Mills, Professor Matthew Sanders and Professor Virginia Slaughter will be inducted into the academy in November, alongside 34 other researchers.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the fellowship offer was a testament to the strength of their research careers.

“This invitation from the ASSA reinforces the fact that UQ researchers are creating change in the world by making exceptional contributions to society,” he said.  

“The hard work of these researchers adds to UQ’s strengths, and enables us to continue to partner with outstanding Queensland, national and global organisations.”

ASSA fellowships recognise Australia’s key minds in social sciences and their contributions to public policy.

More than 160 UQ staff (including honorary and adjunct appointments) and professors emeriti are fellows of Australia’s learned academies, which include the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

UQ’s latest ASSA fellows are:

Professor Tim Dunne

Professor Dunne is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) and a widely published author, having authored and edited 10 books and more than 50 articles and chapters. His research interests include human rights and the responsibility to protect; the globalisation of international society; international terrorism and world order; and international peace and security.

Professor Flavio Menezes

Professor Menezes, from the UQ School of Economics, specialises in market design, incentives, regulation and competition. He has published more than 50 journal articles, is a vice-president of the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland Branch), a member of editorial boards and associate editor of several international journals. His extensive consulting experience includes being the main advisor on the determination of a privatisation model for utilities, and providing advice on electricity regulatory reform and competition issues in the telecommunications, banking, health and dairy industries.

Professor Martin Mills

Martin Mills is a Research Professor in UQ’s School of Education. His work on the sociology of education has contributed international and national debates, and he has been on several government advisory committees, providing substantial policy advice. Professor Mills is the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences ‘Young People communities and education working together’ research project leader.

Professor Matt Sanders

Professor Sanders, a former Queenslander of the year, has an international reputation as founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and director of UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre, which conducts research and develops programs that promote the wellbeing of children, families and communities. Triple P has been used in 26 countries, translated into 20 languages and touched millions of families.

Professor Virginia Slaughter

Professor Slaughter is Head of the School of Psychology and has been at UQ for more than two decades. She has gained worldwide attention for research around newborn babies and their capacity to imitate. Much of her work revolves around social and cognitive development of infants. Professor Slaughter was made a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

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