School of Social and Political Science

SPS academic recognised with prestigious British Academy Fellowship



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Professor Tobias Kelly has been announced as a new British Academy Fellow for 2023. 

Professor Kelly, a political and legal anthropologist at The University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS), is one of 86 academics worldwide to become fellows in 2023. The new fellows represent a range of specialisms across the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Professor Kelly was recognised for his research into human rights, political violence, war and peace, and questions of evidence. As part of his work, he has carried out ethnographic and archival research in Britain, Israel/Palestine, and at the UN.  

The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences, and provides an international forum for debate and engagement for the world’s most brilliant academics. 

Professor Kelly said: “Over the years I have been generously supported by the British Academy in multiple ways, allowing me to collaborate with some amazing people, and have always appreciated the important work that the BA does. I am really honoured and delighted to have been elected a Fellow.”  

Julia Black, President of the British Academy, said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome yet another outstanding cohort to the Academy’s Fellowship. The scope of research and expertise on display across our newly elected UK, corresponding and honorary fellows shows the breadth and depth of knowledge and insight held by the British Academy and which we work hard to harness to help shape the world.” 

Read the announcement on the British Academy website here.