Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester. Prior to this she was Director and Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She is a member of the Future Earth Science Committee and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. She has held distinguished positions at Harvard, Princeton, Michigan, Minnesota and New York, and 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. She holds honorary doctorates from ISS, The Hague and the University of Antwerp. In 2008, she received a Padma Shri from the President of India, in 2010 the Leontief Prize from Tufts University ‘for broadening the frontiers of economic thought,’ and in 2016 the Order of Agricultural Merit from the Government of France.

Agarwal’s publications include 13 books and over 80 professional papers on subjects such as land, livelihoods and property rights; environment and development; the political economy of gender; food security; poverty and inequality; legal change; and agriculture, technology and institutions. Her most recent publications are the book Gender and Green Governance (Oxford University Press, 2013 pb) and Gender Challenges, a three-volume compendium of her selected papers, also published by Oxford University Press, 2016.