Thirty-eight new British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships awarded to support outstanding SHAPE researchers

13 May 2022

The British Academy has awarded over £4 million in Mid-Career Fellowships to 38 outstanding mid-career academics whose research will contribute toward public understanding of the humanities and social sciences.

The Academy’s Mid-Career Fellowships, worth a maximum of £160,000, are designed to support talented individual researchers with excellent research proposals and to promote public understanding of, and engagement with, the SHAPE disciplines (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy). The aim of the scheme is to free scholars from their normal academic commitments, allowing them time to pursue their research.

In previous years, the work undertaken by British Academy Mid-Career Fellows has led to critically-acclaimed books, big-budget European documentaries and BBC radio shows.

The awardees include:

  • 'Conflict and civility: memory, identity and dealing with the past in Northern Ireland' – Dr Anna Bryson, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 'Polarized politics: how legislators and judges do battle' – Dr Ursula Hackett, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 'New media censorship: cultural technique, artistic form and political control in South Asia' – Dr Lotte Hoek, University of Edinburgh
  • 'Post-pandemic working practices and residential preferences: implications for people and places' – Dr David McCollum, University of St Andrews
  • 'A world of indifference? Living with learning disability in the UK' – Dr Gareth Thomas, Cardiff University
  • 'The ethics of predictive algorithms' – Dr Carissa Véliz, University of Oxford

Professor Simon Swain FBA, the British Academy’s Vice-President for Research and Higher Education, said:

“We are delighted to welcome another diverse and ambitious group of Mid-Career Fellows. Each project tackles pressing contemporary issues – from the ethics of algorithms to collective memory in Northern Ireland – through innovative and challenging scholarship. The Academy’s Mid-Career Fellowship scheme provides the platform for a new group of engaged intellectuals to go on to become visible advocates for our disciplines. I wish our new fellows the best of luck and look forward to following their progress.”

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