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Professor Bina Agarwal

  • Visiting

Visiting Professor


Visiting Professor at India Institute, September 2017 - September 2020

Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK. Prior to this, she was Director and Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, DelhiUniversity, where she continues to be affiliated.

She has held distinguished teaching and research positions at many universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Minnesota (as the Winton Chair), and NYU School of Law.

Amongst her well-known works are the  award-winning book, 'A Field of One's Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia' (Cambridge University Press, 1994), 'Gender and Green Governance' (Oxford University Press, 2010), and 'Gender Challenges, a 3 volume compendium of her selected papers' (Oxford University Press, 2016) 

An original thinker and policy advocate, in 2005, she spearheaded a successful campaign for the amendment of the Hindu Inheritance law in India to make it gender equal. She has been President of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Vice-President of the International Economic Association, and President of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

In 2016 she was elected an international member of the prestigious Accademia dei Lincei, Italy. She holds honorary doctorates from the ISS, The Hague, and the University of Antwerp.

Amongst her many awards are: The Malcolm Adiseshiah award (2002), Ramesh Chandra award for ‘Outstanding Contributions to Agricultural Economics’ (2005), Padma Shri from the President of India (2008), Leontief Prize from Tufts University ‘for advancing the frontiers of economic thought’ (2010), Officer-Order of agricultural merit by the Government of France (2017), Louis Malassis Prize for ‘Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development’ (2017), and the Balzan Prize (2017).


  • Property and land rights
  • Environmental governance, sustainable development and collective action
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Poverty
  • Legal change
  • Intersecting inequalities.

Agarwal's research covers both theory and empirical analysis. As an economist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary and intercountry explorations, her publications include 12 books and 84 academic papers. She writes especially from a political economy and gender perspective.