The RTPI is a member of the College of Learned Societies in the Academy of Social Sciences. The Academy is the main voice for the social sciences, representing both researchers and practitioners committed to knowledge development and transfer. It seeks to actively promote funding and government support for social sciences research and dissemination. Other member societies include the Regional Studies Association, Royal Geographical Society, Society for Research in Higher Education, Housing Studies Association and Social Research Association. There are also strong links to health and government studies research.
Planning Academicians include Hugh Barton, Peter Batey, Michael Batty, Heather Campbell, Tony Crook, Gordon Dabinett, Simin Davoudi, John Glasson, Cliff Hague, Patsy Healey, Michael Hebbert, John Henneberry, Angela Hull, Greg Lloyd, Terry Marsden, Peter Roberts, Brian Robson, Robert Upton and Cecilia Wong.
The RTPI can nominate individuals for Academician status. Members are encouraged to propose individuals who have made significant contributions to the social sciences for consideration - find out more here
Campaign for Social Science
On 20 January 2011, the Academy launched its Campaign for Social Science at the House of Lords. The Campaign aims to promote UK social science and increase its visibility in public, media and Parliament in response to the funding changes in research and teaching.
An associated appeal is aiming to raise £250, 000 from the social science community to ensure that the Campaign achieves its goals. All social scientists are invited to contribute to the Appeal.
The Campaign launch has been followed by regional roadshows for the social science community as a whole. The roadshows allow social scientists to discuss the Campaign's aims and develop ways of achieving them. See the Campaign website for details of planned roadshows.
Read Professor Tony Crook's update report on the Campaign.
Academy of Social Sciences - Sustainability, the environment and climate change
The third issue of 'Making the Case for the Social Sciences' was launched on 2 November 2010. The message presented at the launch suggested that it could take a few more natural disasters before governments reviewed their approaches to climate change. The report gives examples of how social scientists are helping the world to understand and find solutions to the threats posed by climate change. Download the report.
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