press release
Published: 21 July 2023

Professor Annabelle Gawer elected as a British Academy Fellow

The British Academy has welcomed Surrey’s Professor Annabelle Gawer to its Fellowship for 2023 as part of a new group of leading international humanities and social sciences researchers. The latest cohort of Fellows highlights the depth and breadth of the SHAPE (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy) disciplines and reflects the importance of interdisciplinary research.

Professor Gawer

A world-class academic pioneer in platform strategy, Professor Gawer is a thought-leader and expert advisor on the business of digital platforms and platform-based innovation ecosystems. 

Professor Gawer’s research has been featured in The Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, The Times, the Harvard Business Review and on the BBC World Service, to name a few. Her Google Scholar profile indicated over close to 22,000 citations as of July 2023.

Professor Gawer is a Digital Expert for the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). She has advised the European Commission on the regulation of online platforms as an Expert Member of the European Commission’s Observatory of the Online Platform Economy (2018-2021). She has also advised the UK Parliament House of Lords, the UK Government, the OECD, and the World Bank. She regularly consults for major international corporations on platform and ecosystem strategy. At the University of Surrey, she is the Director of the Centre of Digital Economy (CoDE).

Annabelle Gawer, Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Surrey, said: 

“It is an honour to be elected as a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy. The purpose of the British Academy aligns well with my personal aims and values - that is to speak up for the humanities and the social sciences and to promote debate around society's greatest questions through global research collaboration.  

“As I join as a Fellow in the Management and Business Studies section, I reflect on both the privilege and responsibility that comes with joining a community of leading scholars, spanning all disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.” 

The newly elected Fellows represent a diverse range of specialisms across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In doing so, they demonstrate the value of Connected Knowledge, a new communications campaign launched by the British Academy earlier this month to celebrate collaboration between disciplines and particularly those in STEM and SHAPE. 

Professor Julia Black, President of the British Academy, said: 

"It is with great pleasure that we welcome yet another outstanding cohort to the Academy’s Fellowship. The scope of research and expertise on display across our newly elected UK, Corresponding and Honorary Fellows shows the breadth and depth of knowledge and insight held by the British Academy and which we work hard to harness to help shape the world.  

"With the vast expertise and wide-ranging insights brought by our new Fellows, the Academy continues to showcase the importance of the SHAPE disciplines in opening fresh seams of knowledge and understanding, while simultaneously advancing the well-being and prosperity of societies worldwide. I wholeheartedly congratulate each of our new Fellows on this achievement and look forward to working together." 


Notes to editors 

  1. Professor Annabelle Gawer is available for interview upon request. Contact the University of Surrey press office:   

  1. The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. The Academy invests in researchers and projects across the UK and overseas, engages the public with fresh thinking and debates, and brings together scholars, government, business and civil society to influence policy for the benefit of everyone.  

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