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First 2022 Leverhulme International Professorship announced

The Leverhulme Trust Board is pleased to announce the first of three winners of its 2022 Leverhulme International Professorships. These awards enable universities to attract globally leading scholars to take up permanent professorial posts in the UK. The Trust Board introduced these grants to support the UK higher education sector to maintain its strong international standing and help universities continue attracting top talent to reshape an existing area or field of study.

The Trust’s mission is to support research of outstanding originality and quality, which is fundamental or curiosity-driven, multi-disciplinary and often higher risk. The quality of the bids was exceptionally high, and selecting just three was challenging. 

The first of the 2022 appointments is Professor David Levine, who will join the School of Law and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London. A world-leading expert in game theory, he will collaborate with the departments of Computer Science and Psychology on research to increase social focus and impact by incorporating social norms and mores into traditional economic frameworks. Niall FitzGerald, Chairman of the Leverhulme Trust Board, said:

‘It has never been more important for UK higher education to remain internationally competitive, and we are delighted that the Trust has been able to help Royal Holloway attract such a strong academic to the UK. We look forward to seeing the exciting research that Professor Levine is planning.’

Professor Levine’s work combines economic theory with sophisticated agent-based modelling that seeks to mimic human behaviour and also develop new experimental methods to gain a deeper understanding of when social norms appear or fail to appear. Professor Ken Badcock, Senior Vice Principal at Royal Holloway, welcomed the award and the appointment, saying: 

‘Professor Levine will be a great contributor to our existing research across Economics, Psychology and Computer Sciences. He brings unrivalled expertise in game theory and extensive experience in successful interdisciplinary collaborations. I very much look forward to David joining the university and building a strong collaboration across Economics, Psychology and Computer Science.’

The other two winners are at the following universities; further details to follow in due course:

  • University of Durham
  • University of Manchester

Read Royal Holloway, University of London’s full media release.

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