The Sydney Morning Herald’seconomics editor, Ross Gittins, has been inducted as a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in (FASSA).
He was among 46 people, mostly academics, elected to the academy in 2017 in recognition of their distinguished contributions to ‘s intellectual life and to society.
The group will be formally welcomed at a ceremony in Adelaide on Thursday.
Gittins said it was an “amazing honour” to become a fellow of the academy.
Ross Gittins has a reputation for helping readers make sense of complex economic issues.
The only other journalists to become fellows are political commentator Michelle Grattan and columnist Paul Kelly.
Gittins, who has been the Herald’s economics editor since 1978, is one of ‘s most influential public commentators.
He has a reputation for helping readers make sense of complex economic issues and, for decades, his columns, published in both the Herald and The Age, have been essential reading for economics students.
Gittins has previously been awarded honorary doctorates from Macquarie University (2011) and the University of Sydney (2012). He has also been appointed a member of the Order of (AM).
Gittins has written more than half a dozen books including Gittinomics, The Happy Economistand Gittins: A Life Among Budgets, Bulldust and Bastardry.
The former Liberal opposition leader and n National University professor, John Hewson, is also among those being inducted as a fellow of the academy this year.
The president of the academy, Professor Glenn Withers, said it was “good to see” fellows of the academy being drawn from a variety of fields, including journalism and politics.