Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW)and Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources(ERHR) staff member, Professor David Peetz, was one of three Griffith University scholars elected as Fellows, by peers of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in this year’s general ballot. Recognised as having built a distinguished research career in one or more social science disciplines in Australia, 19 new Fellows were installed during theAcademy’s 2013 Annual Symposium at the Australian National University (ANU) (11-13 November).

Professor Peetz is a long-standing member of the Department of ERHR, and former WOWRegulation and Institutions Programmeco-director and Acting Centre Director. His academic career began as a Research Assistant to former Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Gough Whitlam, at ANU, following whichDavidmoved on to the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations where he spent over five years in its Senior Executive Service. He has been a consultant for the International Labour Organization in Thailand, Malaysia and China, and undertaken work for unions, employers and governments of both political persuasions.

Established in 1971,ASSA is an independent organisation comprising an interdisciplinary body of elected Fellows devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences. Further Griffith University-based Fellows elected in 2013 include Professor Mark Finnane (School of Humanities) andProfessor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh (School of Government and International Relations).