At an Australian Academy of Social Sciences dinner in Canberra last night, I was lucky enough to win their 2006 Early Career Award, jointly with Jennifer Hudson, a Macquarie University psychologist who does some very cool work on anxiety disorders in children.

It also gave a bit of an insight into ASSA, an organisation that works to promote cooperation across the social sciences. As a lapsed political scientist (my undergraduate degree was in government at Sydney Uni), and then as a lapsed lawyer, it was nice to be reminded of the potential for cooperation across the disciplinary silos. Or feisty argument (at one point I had the chance to introduce my Sydney University lecturer Linda Weiss, who writes on strategic trading, to economist Max Corden).

There were 24 new ASSA fellows who were inducted (induced?) into the academy last night, of whom 8 were women. One was Don Weatherburn, the Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. As a university student in the early-1990s, I recall hearing him talk on radio in a factual, dispassionate way about crime statistics. The way in which he always draw his conclusions from the data shaped my desire to get into research one day. All in all, an interesting night.

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5 Responses to ASSA

  1. Peter says:

    Congratulations, Andrew!

  2. Ben says:

    Good on you mate. Although you put on the coat of an economist most days, you know that you’re eduction allows you to consider problems through other prisms and this is what makes your ideas fresh and exciting. Your not a lapsed anything.

  3. Sinclair Davidson says:

    well done.

  4. Congratulations Andrew!!!

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