Prof Amia Srinivasan and Prof Ridhi Kashyap win 2023 Philip Leverhulme prize


Prof Amia Srinivasan and Prof Ridhi Kashyap

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Indian origin academics from the University of Oxford and a South Asian historian from King’s College London are among 30 winners of the UK’s £3-million 2023 Leverhulme Trust award, which recognises exceptional research across different fields.

Professor Amia Srinivasan from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford has been recognised for her work on epistemology, social and political philosophy, feminism, metaphilosophy and the history of philosophy.

Fellow Oxford University Professor, Ridhi Kashyap, from the Department of Sociology, has been honoured for her work on demography, social statistics, computational social science, digital and computational demography, and gender inequalities.

“Oxford is an exciting place to conduct research at the intersection of demography and computational social science. I look forward to continuing my research in both substantive and methodological directions and contributing to the advancement of digital and computational demography,” said Kashyap, on receiving the honour.

This scheme commemorates the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip, Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Lever, the founder of the Trust. The prizes recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future careers are exceptionally promising, said a release by the trust. Each prize is worth £100,000 and may be used to advance the prize winner’s research.

Professor Ridhi Kashyap who is in the Department of Sociology of the University of Oxford has been awarded for her work on demographic behaviours. “My research spans different areas of demography, including questions linked to mortality and population health, gender inequality, marriage and family, and migration and ethnicity. I have worked on the demographic manifestations and implications of son preference as one of the most striking ways gender inequality interacts with demographic behaviours. In the areas of family demography, I have been studying the relationship between educational expansion, gender norms, and marriage and partnership patterns in different contexts,” she said.

Professor Amia Srinivasan who is in the Faculty of Philosophy, also of the University of Oxford has been awarded for her work on epistemology, social and political philosophy, feminism, metaphilosophy, and history of philosophy. “I have completed my BPhil and DPhil in Philosophy at Oxford, and before that, I did a BA at Yale. I work on topics in political philosophy, epistemology, the history and theory of feminism, and metaphilosophy,” Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan’s first book, The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-first Century, was published in 2021. It was an instant Sunday Times bestseller, winner of the Blackwell’s Book of the Year, and has been shortlisted for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Orwell Prize.

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