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Bina Agarwal

Development Economist

Bina Agarwal is a prize-winning development economist, and Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, where she teaches part time. She has been Director and Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; President, International Society for Ecological Economics; Vice- President, International Economic Association; and President, International Association for Feminist Economics. She has taught at Harvard, been its first Daniel Ingalls Visiting Professor in 1999, and a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School. She has also held distinguished positions at Princeton, Cambridge, Michigan, Minnesota, and the New York University School of Law. She has also served in an advisory capacity in UN institutions and contributed often to India’s planning process. Her many awards include several book prizes, a Padma Shri in 2008; the Leontief Prize 2010 ‘for advancing the frontiers of economic thought’; and three prizes in 2017: the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for an Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development, France; the Order of Agricultural Merit, France; and the International Balzan Prize (Switzerland and Italy). Agarwal has published 90 papers and 12 books, and written extensively on land and property rights, agrarian change, environmental governance, farmers’ cooperation, and economic inequality, especially from a political economy and gender perspective. Her recent books, both from Oxford University Press are: Gender and Green Governance (2010) and Gender Challenges (2016), a three volume compendium of her selected papers. She also writes for English language dailies. She holds honorary doctorates from ISS, The Hague, and the University of Antwerp, Belgium; and is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy; The World Academy of Sciences; and a lifetime fellow of the International Economic Association. See also, www.binaagarwal.com