21 February 2013
Dr Karly Kehoe
Historian Dr S Karly Kehoe has been accepted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland – becoming the second GCU academic to join this prestigious body.
The RSE Young Academy of Scotland brings together some of the most able and innovative young academics, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals in Scotland to develop an influential voice in Scottish society from those who will shape its future. Academy members are encouraged to work across disciplines to consider the most challenging issues facing society, in fields as diverse as climate change, the economy, ethics and the arts.
For Dr Kehoe, membership will offer her the opportunity to apply her background in historical research to present-day issues facing Scotland.
Dr Kehoe says: “I’m very proud of this accomplishment – it’s the sort of thing that makes you smile when you think of it! It will give me an excellent opportunity to engage with professionals from other disciplines and institutions across Scotland and that’s really exciting. It’s also positive news for GCU, as it demonstrates that there’s a growing and very real engagement with research here, and that it is an important and valued part of what we do as a university.”
Community engagement is a major focus of Dr Kehoe’s work. In 2012 she won the Edinburgh Beltane Challenge Award for Public Engagement for ‘Looking Back to Move Forward: Slavery and the Highlands’, an ongoing project with Inverness Royal Academy which connects academic research with the local community.
Dr Kehoe joins Dr Karen Lorimer, a GCU Research Fellow who specialises in sexual health research, in the Young Academy. Dr Lorimer was accepted into the first RSE Young Academy of Scotland in 2011.