Professor Diamond Ashiagbor awarded Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences 

Kent Law School Professor Diamond Ashiagbor has been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the representative body of the social sciences in the United Kingdom. 

The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public and private sectors, across the full breadth of the social sciences. Through leadership, applied research, policymaking and practice, they have helped to address and deepen understanding of some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world. Their work has contributed to the UK’s position as a global leader in the social sciences.

Professor Ashiagbor was proposed for the Fellowship by the Academy itself, on the basis of “eminence and contribution to social science”.

Professor Ashiagbor has research interests in labour/employment law; regionalism (the EU and the African Union); labour law, trade and development; human rights, equality and multiculturalism; economic sociology of law; and law and the humanities. 

She is the author of the monograph The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance, which won the Peter Birks/Society of Legal Scholars Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2006. And most recently, she is the editor of Re-Imagining Labour Law for Development: Informal Work in the Global North and South (Hart Publishing, 2019).

Two years ago, Professor Ashiagbor was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court. And earlier this year, she was among 40 professors to be featured in ‘Phenomenal Women‘, the first ever photographic exhibition honouring Britain’s black female professors.

Professor Ashiagbor teaches undergraduates in the fields of Labour Law and Public Law at Kent. She is also Director of Postgraduate Research at Kent Law School, supervising PhD students in the areas of labour and equality law; EU law and regional integration; law and development; and research adopting socio-legal approaches to law.

Other Law School colleagues who are Fellows in the Academy include Professor Rosemary Hunter and Professor Sally Sheldon.

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