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Professor Bina Agarwal wins prestigious Balzan Prize

(21 September 2017)

Professor Bina Agarwal, who is based at the School of Environment, Education and Development’s  Global Development Institute, has been awarded the Balzan Prize for gender studies. The award recognises her ground-breaking research into women's contributions to agriculture in India.

Jury member for the awards, Professor Marjan Schwegman from Utrecht University, commented that Bina had received the award for“challenging established premises in economics and the social sciences by using an innovative gender perspective; for enhancing the visibility and empowerment of rural women in the Global South; for opening new intellectual and political pathways in key areas of gender and development”.   

The Balzan Prize is presented to people or organisations that have made outstanding achievements in humanities, natural sciences, or culture. The prize has been awarded annually since 1978, with four varying fields chosen each year. Recipients are awarded 750,000 Swiss francs, half of which must be used for research. The Prizes will be presented during the award ceremony to be held in Berne on 17 November. 

The award continues an extraordinary 12 months for Bina, who has also been awarded the Order of Agricultural Merit by France and the Agropolis Foundation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize