2015 | Melissa Leach
2011 | Bina Agarwal
Bina Agarwal holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge (1977) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Delhi (Delhi School of Economics, 1978). She is widely appreciated, in India and beyond, among academic peers, policy-makers and practitioners for her contributions in the area of environment and development; land, livelihoods and property rights; collective action; the political economy of gender.
Prof. Agarwal is the author and editor of various books including amongst others the well-known A Field of One’s Own (1994, Cambridge University Press) on gender and land rights in South Asia as well as the more recent Gender and Green Governance: The Political Economy of Women’s Presence and Beyond Community Forestry (2010, Oxford University Press). Her widely cited academic papers can be read in academic journals such as World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Peasant Studies, Ecological Economics, Feminist Economics, Journal of Agrarian Change, Cambridge Journal of Economics.
2005 | Dani Rodrik
In May 2005, the IOB and the University of Antwerp awarded the first honorary doctoral degree in Development Policy and Management to Professor Dani Rodrik, then the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Prof. Rodrik is a leading expert and critical analyst of the processes of economic growth, economic development, trade policy and globalization. A central question in his work relates to what constitutes ‘good economic policy’, and why some governments are better in achieving this than others. In his analyses, he often focuses on political economy aspects, in a critical, somewhat heterodox, and creative way, often challenging conventional wisdom. Obviously, on these issues, he has published extensively in top journals such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and others. His 1997 book Has Globalization Gone Too Far? was called "one of the most important economics books of the decade" in Business Week. He is also the author of One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (Princeton 2007) and of The New Global Economy and Developing Countries: Making Openness Work (Overseas Development Council, Washington DC, 1999). His most recent book, The Globalization Paradox was published by Norton in 2011.
But as importantly, on these same issues, he also takes great effort in translating his findings to a wider audience, and engages in the public debate, for instance through his regular blogs, or as a regular columnist in the Project Syndicate. And he very much likes to relate to students: the day before the ceremony, he gave a seminar to IOB staff and students on the determinants of economic growth.
Granted, the honorary doctorate was not his first important award. Before that, he received other prestigious awards such as the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council in 2007 and the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. But the University of Antwerp was the first university to grant him an honorary doctorate! Since then, he received another one from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, and more are bound to come.
Very recently, Dani Rodrik moved to Princeton University where he is now the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. See more at this Princeton University homepage: http://www.sss.ias.edu/faculty/rodrik