Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow at IDS and co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre has been awarded the 2019 Ester Boserup prize for research on development. In a lecture on 14 June in Copenhagen, he will give a lecture to mark the award, explaining his current work on uncertainty.
The prize lecture will have the title, “Why embracing uncertainty means rethinking development”. The lecture will draw on the European Research Council funded project, PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty, Resilience: Global Lessons from the margins) and will link to the ESRC STEPS Centre’s uncertainty theme for 2019.
The lecture takes place at 14.00 on 14 June at A1-01.01 Festauditoriet, Bülowsvej 17, 1870 Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen, and is open to all. A video recording of the lecture will be available afterwards. Details of the lecture are on the University of Copenhagen’s website.
About the prize
The annual prize is “awarded to a scholar whose research has improved and deepened our knowledge of development dynamics and economic history, of poverty and wealth, of marginalization and political participation, and of lawlessness and justice”.
The prize is named in honour of the Danish economist Ester Boserup (1910-99) whose important contributions to the understandings of societal change transcended both national and disciplinary boarders. Perhaps most well-known is her theory of agricultural development, which she published in 1965 under the title ‘The Conditions of Agricultural Growth: The Economics of Agrarian Change under Population Pressure‘.
Previous prize recipients are James Scott (Yale), Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseille), Susan Whyte (University of Copenhagen), Nandini Sundar (Delhi University), Timothy Mitchell (Princeton) and Oriana Bandiera (LSE).
Together with the annual thesis award, the prize for research on development is awarded by the Copenhagen Centre for Development Research, a virtual centre connecting researchers, from different disciplines, especially from the University of Copenhagen.