An important aspect of the ESRC's mission is to push forward the boundaries of social science, and we believe that such innovation requires time and space. The Fellows are acknowledged scholarly leaders in their field, and the Fellowship will allow them to pursue their topic with more independence than is offered by conventional funding mechanisms.
The Professorial Fellowship Scheme is an annual competition with fellowships lasting for a maximum of three years. It includes funding for one PhD student appointed by the Fellow and for a research assistant, subject to application, providing the administrative support for the fellow to concentrate entirely on research.
Professor Ian Diamond, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, said: "The best researchers are always under pressure to do more teaching and administration. We have set up this scheme in response to demand to free some of the UK's top social scientists to produce excellent research. The quality of the applicants, and of the people we have appointed, shows that this scheme fills a real need in British social science."
The nine Fellows are:
Professor Barbara Adam, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, will focus on how the future is lived, known and shaped in practice. Her programme of work will seek to map and relate approaches to the future across key domains of social life and provide a comprehensive theory of the future. Her main research interests are in the area of social and socio-environmental time.