Director of IMPACT, Prof Michael Berk has been elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences
37 of Australia’s leading social scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia as part of a widely anticipated annual announcement. Director of IMPACT, Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk is among the new Fellows for 2021.
Australia’s learned academies (of which there are five) gather their best and brightest minds from universities and research institutes across the country. The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia was established in 1971 to recognise and champion excellence in the social sciences and to provide evidence-based advice on a range of social policy issues.
For 50 years, research and advice from Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia have shaped government policies, been called on by Australia’s leaders, and played a key role in shaping our nation.
This announcement brings the number of Fellows in the Academy to 742. View Prof Berk’s profile on the Academy of Social Sciences website here.
Prof Berk has published over 1200 papers and is the second highest cited bipolar disorder researcher in the world (Scopus). Nationally, between 2014-2020, he was the top ranked author in citations in Australia for the FOR codes Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (SciVal) and 19th globally. On the bibliometric resource expertscape, he is ranked #1 globally in the field of code psychiatry, and in both mood disorders and bipolar disorder, he is ranked 2nd globally and 1st in Australia.
President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Professor Jane Hall congratulated the new Fellows on their election.
“These new Fellows are at the forefront of social research and policy, and they have made enormous contributions to our society as a whole,” she said. “It is an honour to have these individuals as new Fellows of the Academy.”
“These new Fellows are at the forefront of social research and policy, and they have made enormous contributions to our society as a whole”
The social sciences are concerned with the functioning and structure of society and include the disciplines of anthropology, demography, geography, linguistics, sociology, management, accounting, economics and economic history, marketing, statistics, history, law, philosophy, political science, education, psychology, and health sciences.
An online event featuring brief presentations from each of the new Fellows will be held on 24 November, 4:30-7:00 pm AEDT. This event is open to the public via the Academy’s website here.