23 February 2016

Award of the Ester Boserup Prize 2016: Professor Nandini Sundar - Security or Development? Approaches to counterinsurgency in India

The Ester Boserup Prize of 2016 goes to Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. The titel is Security or Development? Approaches to counterinsurgency in India

In connection with the ceremony, Professor Sundar will give a public lecture on: 27 May 2016 at 14.00 in Festauditoriet on Bülowsvej 17, 1870 Frederiksberg C.

The event is public.

Professor Nandini Sundar is an outstanding social scientist of South Asia. She has made major and original contributions to the understanding of environmental struggles. Her research interests are wide and include access to resources, citizenship, war and counterinsurgency, indigenous identity and politics, the sociology of law and inequality, and issues related to the environment, tribal rights and discrimination and exclusion in South Asia.

Nandini Sundar holds degrees in philosophy, politics, economy, and anthropology. She has researched and published on social and political marginalization in India. In addition to an impressive number of articles, her work includes Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar (2nd ed. 2007); Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in India (2001); Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty, Development (co-edited, 2014); Legal Grounds: Natural Resources, Identity and the Law in Jharkhand (2009), and the forthcoming The Burning Forest: India's War in Bastar(2016)

Her work is highly influential in current scholarship on environmental citizenship, popular movements and claims to resources in India. Moreover, Sundar has managed to combine scholarship of the finest order with an engagement in issues of social and political marginalization. Her scholarly work has enabled her to address different audiences and has allowed her to engage in public and policy spheres in India. It is especially impressive that Sundar has been able to engage in public debate and in setting a political agenda on highly controversial issues in order to question historical privilege and injustice.

The Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development is awarded by the Copenhagen Centre for Development Research (CCDR). For more information go to ccdr.ku.dk

Read more about the Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development here