Crawford School Professor recognised with fellowship

11 November 2019

Professor Robert (Bob) Costanza has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, for his work related to public policy.

Professor Costanza, who is a Vice-Chancellor's Chair in Public Policy at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, has been recognised for 'scholarly distinction in research or the advancement of social sciences'.

He joins other ANU academics who have previously been inducted into the Academy that include Professor Xuemei Bai, Professor Bruce Chapman, Professor Quentin Grafton, Professor Joan Beaumont, Professor Frank Bongiorno, Professor Margaret Jolly and Professor Kim Rubenstein.

"It is a great honour being elected a Fellow," Professor Costanza says.

"It's a recognition of my work and the opportunity to interact with other eminent academics across a range of disciplines that I would not otherwise have had."

The recognition boosts the Crawford School's already substantial representation in the Academy.

Professor Costanza, whose areas of expertise span a range of disciplines, has been bridging disciplines to study humans and the rest of nature from a holistic perspective.

"Hopefully, I can help integrate across the many disciplines represented in the academy," he says.

"I'd like to thank my sponsors from the Academy - Bruce Chapman, David Stern, and Quentin Grafton - and also Tom Kompas, former director of the Crawford School, who was instrumental in bringing me to ANU, and my colleague and co-author, Ida Kubiszewski. 

"But really I thank all the faculty at Crawford, Fenner and ANU in general.  It's a great and inspiring place to work."

Read more about Professor Costanza's 40-year academic and research career on his website.

Professor Costanza joins Emeritus Professor Chris Gregory and Professor Desmond Manderson who also received Fellowships in the 2019 round.