Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Dr. Keith Banting, Professor of Policy Studies and Political Studies, was recently elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society and a Fellow in the Social Sciences Division of the Academy of Social Sciences. This stands as an exceptional recognition, by his peers, of Banting’s contributions to Canadian intellectual life. In announcing Keith’s induction as a member of the Class of 2012, the RSC noted that “Keith Banting, a world-renown expert on social policy, has advanced our understanding of the impact of federalism, globalization, and multiculturalism on the welfare. Banting is widely respected for his ability to bridge divides – between theory and practice, between disciplines, and between the academy and government – and for redefining complex policy issues.”
His outstanding scholarly achievements are complemented by his leadership in many roles within Queen’s and national academic institutions over the past twenty-five years. Banting, a former director of the School of Policy Studies (1992-2003), holds the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy. He served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Queen’s University, and was a member of the governing council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and elected as Vice-President of the Council. He was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada (2004) and served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association (2009-10). Keith joins several other faculty and fellows in the School who are members of the Royal Society, including Tom Courchene, William Leiss and Ron Watts.
The Royal Society of Canada: the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC) was established under an Act of Parliament in 1882. As a national, bilingual institution, with over 2000 Fellows and over 40 Institutional Members from every province, the RSC is Canada’s National Academy. Its primary objective is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences.