Press Release: Bobby Duffy appointed as Chair of the Campaign for Social Science

19 September 2019

18 September 2019, London: Professor Bobby Duffy, Director of The Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy at King’s College London, will be leading the Campaign for Social Science from November 2019. He replaces Professor James Wilsdon, who kindly returned to the role, as interim Chair, following the relocation of Professor Shamit Saggar to Perth, Australia earlier this year.

Expressing her pleasure at the appointment, Dr Rita Gardner, Academy CEO, says, “Bobby Duffy is the perfect person to Chair the Campaign at this important time for the social sciences and for the Academy. His breadth of experience across academic, public and private sectors, his focus on social science in the service of society, and his passion will start a new chapter for the Campaign as part of the Academy’s strategic development.”

Prior to joining King’s College, Professor Duffy was Managing Director of Public Affairs for Ipsos MORI leading a team of around 230 researchers across the UK. Additionally, he was the Global Director of the Ipsos Social Research Institute, spanning some 30 countries. He brings experience of working across a wide range of public policy areas in his 25-year career in policy research and evaluation, including a secondment to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

Expressing his excitement on his new appointment, Professor Duffy says, “I am truly delighted to take on the role of Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and to have the opportunity to build on the great work of Shamit and James and a really excellent team at the Academy and on the Board. I’m a passionate believer in the real value of social science in making the world a better place, and that it is more important than ever that we make that case as coherently as possible.”

The Campaign for Social Science was established by the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011 as its vehicle for outward-facing campaigning and advocacy for social science. The Campaign is an integral part of the Academy and works in support of the Academy’s charitable purpose ‘to promote the social sciences in the UK for the public benefit’.

“The Campaign,” Professor Duffy adds, “is pretty unique in that its sole purpose is to champion social science and the vital impact that social science research, knowledge and understanding can have on society, the economy and the environment. That clarity of purpose is a real strength. I’m very much looking forward to the Campaign working in partnership with many of the great organisations for whom the social sciences matter.”

Professor Duffy is a well-known public speaker, writer, and media commentator whose work features regularly in major news outlets. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including chairing the CLOSER Advisory Board and as a trustee of British Future and the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education. His critically acclaimed book The Perils of Perception- why we’re wrong about nearly everything was published in 2018.

The Academy of Social Sciences extends a very warm welcome to Professor Bobby Duffy.


Notes to editors:

About the 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 United Kingdom for the public benefit. The Academy is composed of over 1300 individual Fellows, 44 Member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates. Together, this body of organisations includes some 90,000 social scientists. Fellows are distinguished scholars and professional practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most learned societies in the social sciences in the UK are represented within the Academy. The Campaign for Social Science is an integral part of the Academy.

About the Campaign for Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences’ Campaign for Social Science was launched to raise the profile of social science in the public, media and Parliament. Its work is evidence led, underpinned by research, policy briefings and reports.


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Academy of Social Sciences/Campaign for Social Sciences

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