Prestigious Academy of Social Sciences recognises Western Sydney University researcher

Western Sydney University congratulates Professor Deborah Stevenson, who has been newly elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Stevenson is one of a select group of 37 leading economists, lawyers, psychologists, philosophers and other social scientists from across Australia’s universities and research institutes who have been elected to the Academy this year.

For 50 years, research and advice from the Fellows of the highly-prestigious Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has helped inform government policies, been called on by Australia’s leaders, and played a key role in shaping our nation.

An internationally-renowned social science researcher, Deborah Stevenson is a Professor of Sociology and Urban Cultural Research with the Institute for Culture and Society at the University. Her work focuses on arts and cultural policy, cities and urban life, and the role of gender in shaping creative practice and cultural consumption.

‘It’s certainly an honour to be recognised in this way by my peers in the social sciences. But academic life is not just about individual achievement, and I’d like to acknowledge the contribution of my colleagues at the Institute for Culture and Society. It’s a privilege to work in such a collaborative, sympathetic intellectual environment with outstanding researchers and dedicated professional staff,” Professor Stevenson said.

Professor Deborah Sweeney, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Enterprise and International) said Professor Stevenson’s appointment recognises the extraordinary contribution that her research has made, both nationally and internationally.

“On behalf of the University community, I warmly congratulate Professor Stevenson on her election to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. It is a well-deserved honour for a highly-regarded researcher at the forefront of her field. Deborah has made an outstanding contribution over many years to the advancement of knowledge which has helped inform, inspire and deepen our understanding of cultural issues, policy and practice,” said Professor Sweeney.

Professor Stevenson has published widely within her fields of expertise, including nine authored and edited books, and sits on the editorial boards of leading journals.

She has been the Chief Investigator on nine successful Australian Research Council (ARC) grants. Her recent funded projects include a major study of arts practice in Sydney; a national investigation of cultural taste and consumption in Australia; an examination of UNESCO’s role in shaping local and national cultural policy; and the development of cultural infrastructures in partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, as part of an ARC Linkage Project ‘The Collaborative Museum: Embedding Cultural Infrastructure in the City’.

To learn more about the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the announcement, visit the web page (opens in a new window).


12 November 2021

Amanda Whibley, Manager, Media & Public Relations