Griffith University’s Professor Adrian Wilkinson has been awarded a rare distinction for his outstanding contributions to social sciences research.

The United Kingdom Academy of Social Sciences has bestowed upon Professor Wilkinson the award of Academician.

Nominated by their peers, academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the field of social sciences.

The Vice Chancellor of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor, congratulated Adrian on this award of Academician, saying, “It is most appropriate recognition of Adrian’s standing in the field.”

Adrian is Director of Griffith Business School’s Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing. He holds Visiting Professorships at Loughborough University, Sheffield University and the University of Durham, and is an Academic Fellow at the Centre for International Human Resource Management at the Judge Institute, University of Cambridge.

Adrian has contributed to public debate and research into many aspects of human resource management and employment relations. He has an international record in the area of Employee Involvement and voice, looking in particular at employee attitudes to empowerment and the role of middle managers in change initiatives. Adrian has also contributed to the research field of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management Theory.

Adrian has written/edited some fourteen books, over a hundred refereed journal articles and fifty book chapters. He has attracted grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the NHS Executive, the Nuffield Foundation, the Society of Human Resource Management and the Australian Research Council.

In 2008, Adrian was appointed to the Australian Research Council College of Experts. He also acts as a referee for several other research councils including the ESRC, the EPSRC (UK), the National Science Foundation (US) and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.

Adrian is a Fellow and Accredited Examiner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute. He was appointed as both an Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Research Fellow and a British Academy of Management Fellow in 2010.

Contributed by Belinda Berry