Professor Giles Mohan’s contributions to development studies have been recognised this month with the conferring of a Fellowship from the Academy of Social Sciences.
Chair of International Development, and Director of the Strategic Research Area (SRA) in International Development and Inclusive Innovation in the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies (SSGS), Professor Mohan enjoys a broad research focus that includes the politics of development, transnational networks, the developmental impacts of the diaspora, and migration for inclusive African growth.
The Academy of Social Sciences champions the vital role that social sciences play in generating public benefit. A community of fellows who promote the social sciences through advocacy, research and by embedding these values in the universities and networks of its members, the academy comprises 1400 social scientists from academia, the public, private and third sectors.
Nominated through the UK’s Development Studies Association (DSA), the award recognises Professor Mohan’s contributions to development studies. He served on the DSA’s governing council for two terms and was the lead organiser of the 2019 DSA annual conference which was held at The Open University’s Walton Hall campus. In addition to Professor Mohan’s research and publications he has promoted social science research to the public through numerous collaborations with the BBC, such as Comic Relief documentaries and the Why Poverty? series.
Professor Mohan says of the fellowship: “I am truly honoured to have been accepted into the Academy of Social Sciences. The Development Studies Association has been the centre of the UK’s academic community of international development scholars and to be recognised in this way is amazing. The social sciences are absolutely vital in addressing major challenges like climate change and health inequalities and I will continue to help inform global audiences about how knowledge can make a real change to the world’.