March 8, 2024
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Bina Agarwal and James Boyce win first “Global Inequality Research Award”

In recent decades, the study of global inequalities has experienced a remarkable boom: economic, social and environmental inequalities have been the subject of a growing body of theoretical and empirical work, visible and influential throughout the world.

The World Inequality Lab (WIL) and Sciences Po’s Center for Research on Social Inequalities (CRIS) have joined forces for the first edition of the Global Inequality Research Award (or GiRA), which aims to recognize every two years researchers from all disciplines who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of global inequalities.

GiRA seeks to acknowledge major scholarship in the field of global inequality understood in two key perspectives: first, the perspective of inequality research being done in all corners of the world; and second, the perspective of inequality as a complex object that needs light from all angles to be fully grasped, understood and eventually mitigated.

The 2024 GiRA Prize is jointly awarded to Bina Argawal and James K. Boyce for their groundbreaking work in the field of social and environmental inequalities.




Bina Agarwal (University of Manchester), an economist, is the author of pioneering work on gender inequalities, environmental governance, feminist environmentalism and environmental inequalities.






James K. Boyce (University of Massachusetts Amherst), an economist, is the author of seminal work on the relationship between social inequality and environmental degradation, and has made a major contribution to structuring the field of environmental political economy.





The two laureates will be invited to receive their awards and present an overview of their work at conferences in Paris in the fall and spring of 2024, organized in conjunction with Sciences Po’s Social-Ecological Transitions (SET) initiative.

The scientific committee for the first GiRA Prize is made up of Lucas Chancel (Sciences Po/CNRS, CRIS and World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics), Éloi Laurent (Sciences Po/OFCE), Thomas Piketty (EHESS & World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics) and Mirna Safi (Sciences Po/CNRS, CRIS).


🗓️ James K. Boyce, winner of the 2024 GiRA  award, gave a lecture at Sciences Po on April 5, 2024. On that occasion, he told us:


The announcement of the award was relayed by the institutions of the two winners: the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute (GDI), and the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute (PERI).



  • Alice Fauvel, Communications Manager, WIL, alice.fauvel[at] ; press[at]