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HPS Affiliate Professor Warwick Anderson appointed Janet Dora Hine Chair


6 December 2017

Congratulations to our colleague Professor Warwick Anderson from the Department of History who was appointed to the Janet Dora Hine Chair in Politics, Governance and Ethics beginning January 2018.

Professor Anderson aims to facilitate political, social, historical and ethical analysis of health issues across the University and welcomes suggestions from FASS colleagues for possible research collaboration of the humanities and social sciences with the biomedical or clinical sciences.

"This position signals the commitment of the University of Sydney to developing interdisciplinary research and promoting collaboration of humanities scholars, social scientists and medical researchers. I can see plenty of opportunities to bring together people from FASS and the Charles Perkins Centre, in particular," says Professor Anderson. "Sydney has outstanding researchers in the humanities, social sciences and the biomedical sciences, but the challenge is how to get conversations started across the various disciplines, faculties and institutes." Professor Anderson will continue to be based in the Department of History in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) and, in his new role, will develop and support programs of interdisciplinary research in association with the Charles Perkins Centre.

"The Janet Dora Hine Chair is designed to bring an arts and social science perspective to the Charles Perkins Centre's mission of easing the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Australia and the world," says Professor Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. "As a distinguished historian of science, medicine, and public health and also a senior scholar with a track record in developing effective research groups and networks, Professor Anderson is strongly situated to ensure a productive engagement between our Faculty and the Charles Perkins Centre. I am thrilled to have secured a colleague of Warwick's calibre to this endowed chair."