News story 12th Dec 2014

Fellowship success for Monash Business School researchers

Professor Lisa Cameron and Professor Farshid Vahid were recently elected as Fellows in the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). 

Fellows of the Academy are social scientists in Australia who are recognised for their distinguished achievements and exceptional contributions in their branch of the social sciences.

Professor Lisa Cameron, Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability, explained that the Fellowship is important to her because it is peer recognition of her contribution to the field.

Fellowship success

"Fellows are nominated and elected to this position by the current Fellows, and therefore it's quite an honour for me to be elected. I'm particularly pleased with my election as there are so few female Fellows. In the field of economics, female Fellows make up only slightly more than 10 per cent," Professor Cameron said.

In addition to her election as Fellow, Professor Cameron has also been asked to join the Membership Committee.

"As part of the Membership Committee, I will have an opportunity to work at getting other deserving women represented in the Society."

For Professor Farshid Vahid, Head of the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, the Fellowship not only holds value because of its academic recognition, but also for more personal reasons.

"I left Iran, my country of birth, many years ago and lived in many different countries. I have regularly asked myself the question, 'where is home?' And now I've received this Fellowship. I'm humbled by the recognition from a group of peers whom I admire for their invaluable contributions to economic policy and social sciences in Australia. It makes this whole journey worthwhile," Professor Vahid said.

The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) promotes excellence in the social sciences in Australia and in their contribution to public policy. For more information on the Academy and the Fellowships, visit the ASSA website.