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Gender Challenges: A conversation with Bina Agarwal

24 November 2016 17:00–18:30

Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex

Renowned development economist and gender studies expert, Professor Bina Agarwal, will discuss the themes from Gender Challenges a three volume publication of essays from over the past 30 years. Joining Professor Agarwal to discuss the key and emerging challenges to women empowerment will be Professor Melissa Leach, IDS Director.

About the Speaker

Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester, UK. Prior to this, she was Director and Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Delhi, she has held distinguished positions at many universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Michigan, Minnesota (where she held the Winton Chair), and the New York University School of Law.

Agarwal has been President of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Vice-President of the International Economic Association, and President of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Agarwal’s publications include nine books, a three volume compendium, and over 80 academic papers. Her multiple award-winning book, A Field of One’s Own was recognised by prize juries as ‘a classic’ and her 2010 book, Gender and Green Governance has been praised as ‘a magisterial work of astounding erudition’. Her pioneering writings have influenced policy and practice globally.

In 2005, she led a successful campaign for amending India’s Hindu inheritance law to make it gender equal. In 2008 she was awarded a Padma Shri by the President of India, and in 2010 she received the Leontief Prize ‘for broadening the frontiers of economic thought’. This year she was elected member of the prestigious Accademia Nazionale Dei Linci in Italy and conferred the Order of Agricultural Merit by the French government.

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