Previous recipients of the Ester Boserup Prize – University of Copenhagen

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2016 Recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize

The recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize 2016 was Professor Nandini Sundar. She has made major and original contributions to the understanding of environmental struggles. Her research interests are wide and include access to resources, citizenship, war and counterinsurgency, indigenous identity and politics, the sociology of law and inequality, and issues related to the environment, tribal rights and discrimination and exclusion in South Asia.

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2015 Recipient of the Ester Boserup Prizes

The recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize 2016 was Professor Susan Reynolds Whyte. She has carried out research in East Africa on changing life conditions, family organization and post-conflict recovery. She has been highly productive in many aspects of the anthropology of health, publishing high-impact books, edited volumes and journal articles. Her work has dealt with health care systems as well as people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and disabilities.

The recipient of the Ester Boserup Thesis Prize was Steven L. B. Jensen for his PhD-dissertation, Negotiating Universality: The Making of International Human Rights, 1945-1993. The PhD Review Committee praised it for being “written with verve and passion… and [for being] an impressive contribution to international historical scholarship on the evolution of international human rights norms”.

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2014 Recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize

The recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize 2014 was Professor Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan. His work encompasses a broad segment of development studies, from the analysis of 'projects' to the delivery of public services. He has made a crucial contribution to the study of state bureaucracies and corruption in Africa carefully combining empirical research and theoretical concern.

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2013 Recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize

The recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize 2013 was Professor James Scott. Scott's research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, theories of class relations and anarchism. 

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