Professor Sue Bright has been appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for her work as an established international property law scholar, particularly noted for her research on property governance and energy efficiency.

Sue teaches land law, contract law, regulation, and housing and human rights. She has been teaching at Oxford University since 1992, after a period as a solicitor in London and teaching at Essex University. She runs the Housing After Grenfell blog and is also a Fellow of the South African Research Chair in Property Law, and an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association and Property Bar Association.

Professor Bright said:

It’s a huge honour to be have been appointed to this Fellowship. The insights of the social sciences are crucial to solving many contemporary problems, and much of my recent research explores the difficulties in making adaptations to multi-occupied buildings, whether the alterations are for energy efficiency, disability or fire safety. These challenges are affected by the “technology of law” – that is, how law and property documents impact decision-making and power – as well as by the broader policy context and by how people and communities take decisions. I’ve enjoyed working with people from other disciplinary backgrounds – both academics and others – as we seek to understand these issues and develop ways forward.

The new Fellows are drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in various fields, including higher education, social, economic and environmental policy, government, law, charitable foundations and think tanks.

About the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. The Academy is composed of 1313 individual Fellows, 44 Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists. Fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most learned societies in the social sciences in the UK are represented within the Academy. The Academy also sponsors the Campaign for Social Science.