Bina Argawal

Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom

ISC Fellow


Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the GDI, University of Manchester, UK. She has been Director and Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India; President, International Society for Ecological Economics; President, International Association for Feminist Economics; and Vice President, International Economic Association. She has held distinguished positions at Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, Minnesota and Michigan.

Agarwal’s 16 books and over 86 papers cover varied subjects: property and land rights, agrarian change, environmental governance, law, and poverty and inequality, written especially from a political economy and gender perspective. Her multiple prize-winning book, A Field of One’s Own (Cambridge University Press, 1994), placed women’s land rights on the global policy agenda. In 2005 she also led a successful civil society campaign for making India’s Hindu Inheritance law gender equal. Her recent books include Gender and Green Governance (OUP, 2010); Gender Challenges (OUP, 2016), a three volume compendium of her selected papers; and Gender Inequalities in Developing Economies (2021) in Italian translation.

Her many awards include a Padma Shri from the President of India in 2008; the Leontief Prize 2010 ‘for advancing the frontiers of economic thought’; the Louis Malassis International Scientist Prize 2017; and the International Balzan Prize 2017.

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