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Social scientist set to shape global agenda

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IMAGE: Dr. Briony Rogers from Monash University's School of Social Sciences has been selected by the International Social Science Council to be one of 20 "World Social Science Fellows " in... view more

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A Monash University social scientist has been selected as a World Social Science Fellow for early career researchers.

Dr Briony Rogers from the School of Social Sciences has been selected by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) to be one of 20 'World Social Science Fellows' in the area of sustainable urbanisation.

The World Social Science Fellows program seeks to foster a new generation of globally networked research leaders who will collaborate in addressing global problems with particular relevance for low and middle-income countries. The researchers, from a diverse range of disciplines, will be put through a mentoring program involving training and facilitation of future world social science leaders. They will also collaborate with international leading specialists, policy makers, practitioners, activists, and other relevant stakeholders in setting future research agendas for the Council's priority topics and preparing collaborative research proposals for international research funding agencies.

Dr Rogers, also a Research Fellow with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and Monash's Water for Liveability Centre, said she was looking forward to working with the other Fellows to prepare future research proposals aimed at addressing global problems.

"Being part of this program is an exciting opportunity for me to be part of setting the future agenda for social science capacity in global environmental change research," Dr Rogers said.

Head of the School of Social Sciences, Professor Sharon Pickering, said the award was recognition of Dr Rogers' outstanding scholarly achievements to date, as recognised by an independent international social scientific body.

"Given the importance of sustainable environments and liveable places, this is wonderful news for both Dr Rogers and the School," Professor Pickering said.

"It highlights the Faculty's contribution to vital debates about climate, sustainability and social change."

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The ISSC is an independent non-government organisation established by UNESCO in 1952. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioural sciences at an international level. It seeks to increase the production and use of social science knowledge for the wellbeing of societies throughout the world.

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