Flinders researchers win prestigious sociology awards

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Award winners Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu (left) and Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan with Associate Professor Deb King.

Two Flinders researchers have been recognised at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) awards 2014.

Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu received an Outstanding Service to TASA award, while Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan received a Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology award.

The Outstanding Service  Award is given to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years.

Professor Roach Anleu served on the TASA executive throughout the 1990s, holding the offices of Secretary (1993-94), Vice President (1995-1996), President (1997-1998) and Immediate Past President (1999-2000).

She was co-editor of TASA’s Journal of Sociology (2001-2004), has served on TASA’s Editorial Advisory Board for the past 10 years, and oversaw the transfer of the publication to SAGE during her term as editor.

Associate Professor Debra King, Dean of the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders, said Professor Roach Anleu had been strong advocate at Flinders University for the development of sociology and the relevance of sociological thinking.

The Distinguished Service award, meanwhile, is made to a TASA member who has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years.

Never one to shirk contentious issues, Professor Hassan has been at the forefront of scholarship on terrorism, suicide and the sociology of Islam.

His work is international in scope and he has made an exceptional contribution to Flinders University through his world class scholarship, active engagement in key sociological ideas and his intellectual generosity and encouragement of sociologists at the University.

“On behalf of the School I would like to congratulate both Professor Riaz Hassan and Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu,” Associate Professor King said, “the School is fortunate to have such outstanding scholars in our midst!”

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