24 February 2015

Professor Susan Reynolds Whyte is awarded the Ester Boserup Prize

Susan Reynolds Whyte, professor at The Department of Anthropology, is awarded the Ester Boserup Prize 2015. The 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".

Summing up her impressive academic career the prize committee gives the following characterization of Susan Reynolds Whyte:

Susan Reynolds Whyte"Susan Whyte is an anthropologist concerned with societal and family efforts to secure well-being under conditions of adversity. She has carried out research in East Africa on changing life conditions, family organization and post-conflict recovery. She has been highly productive in many aspects of the anthropology of health, publishing high-impact books, edited volumes and journal articles. Her work has dealt with health care systems as well as people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and disabilities. Her most significant works include Disability and Culture (co-edited, 1995), Questioning Misfortune (1997), Social Lives of Medicines (co-authored, 2002), Generations in Africa (co-edited 2008), and lately Second Chances (2014), which is an example of collective ethnography. She had an early interest in gender issues and co-authored the 1987 evaluation report Women in DANIDA-supported Development Projects, which marked the start of sustained DANIDA interest in women in development."

The award ceremony will take place on June 12th 2015 from 1pm - 3.30pm at The University of Copenhagen, Bülowsvej 17.