Fellowships recognise significant contributions in pandemic year
17 May 2021
Researchers specialising in race equality and in regional economic policy are among the 45 new academics, researchers, and professionals welcomed to the Learned Society of Wales Fellowship.
Professors Emmanuel Ogbonna and Max Munday join academics from Welsh, UK and overseas higher education institutions as well as individuals who play a significant role in Welsh public life.
Collectively the cohort demonstrates the ongoing excellence of Welsh research, universities and intellectual life, all of which have shone during the extraordinary events of this pandemic-marked year.
The work of the two Cardiff Business School Professors is no exception.
Over the last 18 months, Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna authored a major report which revealed the complex and long-standing factors contributing to the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on Wales’ Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Professor Ogbonna chaired the subgroup from the BAME COVID-19 expert advisory group, set up by First Minister Mark Drakeford. Their report made more than 30 recommendations to the Welsh Government to address the socio-economic and environmental risks it highlighted.
Since then, he has welcomed the Welsh Government’s response to the report and co-chaired (with the Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government) the Steering Group which developed a race equality action plan for an anti-racist Wales.
The year of the pandemic also saw the culmination of a longstanding project led by Professor Max Munday and his Welsh Economy Research Unit colleagues.
The Superfast Broadband Business Exploitation project investigated the impact of digital technologies on business processes, relationships between businesses, and products and services in Wales.
Their final event, delivered online between from 2-3 December 2020, showed how digital technologies have supported business resilience during the pandemic and policy implications to drive post-pandemic recovery in Wales.
Since then, Professor Munday has co-authored a report which examined the impact of the CSconnected Compound Semiconductor community amid the challenging economic conditions brought on by the pandemic, and has been leading on research examining how the Welsh Government has assisted small enterprises through the pandemic.
Election to the Fellowship is based on a ballot of existing Fellows. It is a public recognition of excellence, is keenly competed and follows a rigorous examination of each nominee’s achievements in their relevant field(s).
The new Fellows will be formally admitted at the Society’s AGM which on Wednesday 19 May 2021.
The Society now has 595 distinguished Fellows who come from all branches of learning and are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions.