New Fellows of the British Academy 2016

The Learned Society of Wales is pleased to report that Nancy Edwards FLSW FBA, Professor of Medieval Archaeology at Bangor University, and Kelvyn Jones FAcSS FLSW FBA, Professor of Human Quantitative Geography at the University of Bristol, were two of forty-two distinguished UK academics elected as Fellows of the British Academy in 2016, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research.

Professor Nancy Edwards, a current Member of the Learned Society of Wales’s Council, specialises in the archaeology of Wales and Ireland c.AD400 – 1150, and in particular early medieval inscribed stones and stone sculpture, and the archaeology of the early medieval church. Professor Edwards is currently researching and writing a book Life in Early Medieval Wales as part of a three year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2015-2018). She has previously contributed two volumes of the three-volume A Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales. She is involved with Project Eliseg as a co-Director, which seeks to understand the complex historical and archaeological context of the ninth-century Pillar of Eliseg near Llangollen (Denbighshire).

Professor Kelvyn Jones is Head of the School of Geographical Sciences at Bristol University, and has featured in the top 20 most cited human geographers of the last half century as of 2009. Professor Jones’s work on the geography of health is concerned with geographical inequalities in mortality in advanced economies, and contributing to the debate on the meaning of place effects in health. His co-authored Health, Disease and Society has been credited with helping to re-fashion the sub-discipline of ‘medical geography’ into the ‘geography of health’. Professor Jones has further contributed work on research design, and specifically how we can develop evidence-based research in non-experimental studies. Professor Jones is joint Director of the Centre for Multilevel Modelling and his research concerns the quantitative analysis of social-science data with complex structure, particularly when there are many levels of analysis, applying these models in novel ways widely in the social sciences.