The British Academy is a member of a range of international scholarly associations and consortia.
The Academy belongs to ALLEA, a grouping of European Academies. ALLEA was founded in 1994 by academies in Western and Eastern Europe, with the aim of strengthening the cooperative ties between them. ALLEA aims to provide national, international and supranational political organisations with advice on science policy. ALLEA, which currently has fifty-eight member academies in more than forty countries, holds an annual general assembly, and also has working groups including for intellectual property rights, science and ethics; and the social sciences and humanities.
European Consortium for Asian Field Study
The Academy is a member of the European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF), an alliance of some forty European and Asian institutions concerned with Asian studies established in 2007. ECAF aims to provide field access and study facilities to European scholars through the sharing of a network of twenty-three existing research centres across Asia and to encourage joint interdisciplinary research programmes in the humanities and social sciences.
International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies
The Academy is a member of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies. The Network works to address human rights violations against scientists, scholars, engineers, and health professionals around the world. It stands in solidarity with national academies and scholarly societies worldwide to support their independence and autonomy, promote the free exchange of ideas and opinions among scientists and scholars, and stimulate institutional human rights awareness-raising.
The five national academies in the UK (the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh) have established a UK Academies Human Rights Committee, with representation from all five bodies. The UK Committee considers cases raised by the International Human Rights Network and coordinates responses on behalf of its institutional members. The UK Committee secretariat is currently held by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
International Social Science Council
The Academy has been a member of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) since 2008. The ISSC is an international non-profit-making scientific organisation with headquarters at UNESCO in Paris. It is the primary international body representing the social and behavioural sciences at a global level.
The Council’s role is to advance the practice and use of the social and behavioural sciences in all parts of the world, and to ensure their global representation. It was founded in 1952, following a resolution adopted at the VIth UNESCO General Conference in 1951. In 1972 the Council was transformed into a formal federation of international disciplinary associations. In 1992 the constitution was amended to enable the membership of national and regional social science organisations. Today the ISSC is composed of a wide membership from which it draws its strength and its role.
Union Académique Internationale
The Academy is a founding member of the Union Académique Internationale, founded on the initiative of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in 1919. The UAI aims to "encourage cooperation in the advancement of studies through collaborative research and publications in those branches of learning promoted by the Academies and institutions represented in the UAI – philology, archaeology, history, the moral, political and social sciences." The UAI now comprises 46 member organisations in 39 countries and supports 55 projects.