Nottingham professor recognised by the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences

Monday, 04 October 2021

Professor Meryem Duygun, of the University Nottingham, has been conferred a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr Duygun, a Professor of Banking and Finance at Nottingham University Business School, has been recognised, after an independent peer review process, for the excellence and impact of her work and her wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public, private and third sectors, across the full breadth of the social sciences. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking, and practice, they have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world.

Professor Duygun said: “I am incredibly humbled and honoured to receive the distinguished conferment of Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences, in recognition of my scholarship and impact."

I am very much looking forward to engaging with the Academy as I continue my work in the areas of FinTech, banking and finance and interact with peers from other social science disciplines in order to address the current challenges that society faces.
Dr Meryem Duygun, Professor of Banking and Finance, Nottingham University Business School

The news follows Professor Duygun being named as one of the most influential women leading innovation in the UK financial services industry earlier this year. Innovate Finance named Professor Duygun in their Women in FinTech Powerlist 2020, within the category ‘Policymakers and Regulatory Experts’, which recognises the pioneering women championing financial innovation over the last year. 

I am delighted that Professor Duygun is being recognised by the Academy. She has been trailblazing the work on the proliferation and impact of new financial technologies, leading a large global research network, and developing a robust FinTech presence at the University.
Professor Todd Landman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Landman added: "Her work sits squarely in the Nottingham University Business School and has strong links with our new Digital Nottingham developments, leveraging the financial industry strengths in Nottingham.”

Professor Duygun is an endowed chaired professor in Risk and Insurance, funded by Aviva, and directs the University’s Nottingham FinTech Research Network and the Global Centre for Banking and Financial Innovation.

She is the first academic in the UK to have established a FinTech research network, attracting funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The University of Nottingham FinTech Research Network unites academics, industry figures and policymakers in analysing and trailblazing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the financial services industry.

Will Hutton, President of the Academy of Social Sciences, said: “As the Academy extends its outward-facing focus, engagement with all sectors of the social science community is vitally important and I very much hope to draw on the deep knowledge and expertise of our new Fellows.”

Read more about Professor Duygun here.

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