Interviews

With leading UK academics

Here you will find videos of interviews with eleven Fellows of the British Academy whose research and expertise have been influential in a variety of spheres of public life. Together they provide an intriguing picture of modern scholarship, and help us understand why research in the humanities and the social sciences brings so much to our quality of life and well-being, as individuals and communities.

These interviews were conceived as an integral part of the Prospering Wisely project. They illuminate some of the personal stories behind the subjects’ academic careers, research and scholarship – as well as presenting evidence of the multiple ways in which the humanities and social sciences contribute to our overall prosperity. They also discuss the need for academics to be challenging, and to reach out to wider audiences. Longer edited transcripts of the interviews can also be downloaded via the individual interview webpages.

In a twelfth video, four British Academy Postdoctoral Fellows talk about their research, on themes that closely connect to the arguments set out in Prospering Wisely. The Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme supports outstanding early-career researchers for three years, across a range of British universities. This video highlights the ways in which younger scholars and researchers form a vital part of the academic landscape across the humanities and social sciences.

Jonathan Bate Mary Beard Vicki Bruce Conor Gearty Hazel Genn Anthony Heath Peter Hennessy John Kay Diarmaid Macculloch Adam Roberts Nick Stern Postdoctorate Fellowships

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Jonathan Bate

Provost of Worcester College, Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and Vice-President (Humanities).

Mary Beard

Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and is one of Britain’s best-known classicists.

Vicki Bruce

Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle University and a leading expert in the field of human face perception, face recognition, person memory and recall by eye-witnesses.

Conor Gearty

Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE and Director of London School Economic’s new Institute of Public Affairs.

Hazel Genn

Dean of the Faculty of Laws, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at University College London.

Anthony Heath

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Oxford University, Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and holds a professorship at the Institute for Social Change, Manchester University.

Peter Hennessy

Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London.

John Kay

Visiting Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford.

Diarmaid Macculloch

Professor of the History of the Church in the University of and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.

Adam Roberts

Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, Senior Research Fellow in Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

Nicholas Stern

President of the British Academy, he is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the at the London School of Economics.

Postdoctorate Fellowships

Four British Academy Postdoctoral Fellows talk about their research, on themes that closely connect to the arguments set out in Prospering Wisely. This video highlights the ways in which younger scholars and researchers form a vital part of the academic landscape across the humanities and social sciences.