Bina Agarwal teaches part time as Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. She has been Director and Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; President, International Society for Ecological Economics; Vice-President, International Economic Association; and President, International Association for Feminist Economics. She has held distinguished positions at Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, Michigan, Minnesota, and New York University School of Law. She has also served in an advisory capacity in several United Nations institutions and contributed to several of India’s Five Year Plans. She holds honorary doctorates from ISS, The Hague, and the University of Antwerp, Belgium; and is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy; The World Academy of Sciences; and lifetime fellow of the International Economic Association.
Bina Agarwal has published 89 papers and 12 books, and written extensively on land and property rights, agrarian change, environmental governance, institutions, farmers’ cooperation, and inequality, especially from a political economy and gender perspective. Her recent books, both from Oxford University Press are: Gender and Green Governance (2010) and Gender Challenges (2016), a three volume compendium of her selected papers, covering Agriculture, Property, and the Environment respectively. She also writes for English language dailies.
Her awards include the Edgar Graham Book Prize 1995; A.K. Coomaraswamy Book Prize 1996; Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Development Studies 2002; Ramesh Chandra award for Agricultural Economics 2005; Padma Shri from the President of India 2008; Leontief Prize 2010 for advancing the frontiers of economic thought; Order of Agricultural Merit (officer) 2017, France; Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize 2017, France; and the International Balzan Prize 2017 (Italy and Switzerland).
- ‘Can Group Farms Outperform Individual Family Farms? Empirical Insights from India’, World Development, 108: 57-73, 2018. open access link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/ science/article/pii/S0305750X1 8300913
- ‘Group farming in France: Why do some regions have more cooperative ventures than others?’ (with Bruno Dorin, 2nd Author), Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 2018. Open access link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308518X18802311
- ‘Does Group Farming Empower Rural Women? Lessons from India’s Experiments’, Journal of Peasant Studies, July 2018 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03066150.2019.1628020
- ‘Gender Equality, Food Security and The Sustainable Development Goals’, Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability, 2018.
- ‘Do Farmers Really Like Farming? Indian Farmers in Transition’, Oxford Development Studies, 45(4), 2017 (co-authored with A. Agrawal)