Agarwal Book Prize

The Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal Book Prize

About the Prize

The International Association for Feminist Economics announces the Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal Book Prize to be awarded biennially for a work of original scholarship in the field of feminist economics.

The prize has been established by Bina Agarwal (IAFFE’s first President from the Global South) to honor her late parents, who, throughout their lives and with great generosity, supported young women to pursue their dreams of higher education, and chart out a path of intellectual excellence.

The Prize will carry an honorarium of $1,000 USD and a citation describing the book’s merits, written by the Prize Committee. An additional amount (up to $1,500) will be available to assist in covering the Prize recipient’s expenses to attend the Prize ceremony at the IAFFE Annual Conference. The Prize recipient will be invited to make a presentation or participate in an event at such conference related to the subject of the book. If there are two authors of the winning book, they will share the honorarium as well as the travel support.

The inaugural Prize will be presented at the 2019 IAFFE Annual Conference at Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland.  Subsequent Prizes will be presented every other year at the IAFFE Annual Conference.


This international Prize will be conferred biennially for books meeting the following criteria:

  • Published in the previous two calendar years, i.e., 2016 and 2017 for the inaugural 2019 prize.
  • Should be work of original scholarship which demonstrates new pathways in theory, methodology, empirical analysis, or policy, on any aspect of gender and the economy, and relating to any part of the world.
  • All books, including interdisciplinary ones, but within the broad ambit of gender and the economy, will be considered, regardless of the author’s disciplinary background.
  • Should be available in English.
  • Single or dual authored books are eligible, but not multi-authored or edited volumes, or textbooks.

Nomination Process

1.  Nominators can be publishers, authors, or other interested parties.

2.  Nomination Form - Download form (see PDF link below), complete, and email to

3.  Send, or arrange to have the book's publisher send, 3 hard copies of the book, one each to the three Prize Committee members. The mailing address for each Prize Committee member is included on the Nomination Form. We will not accept digital versions of the nominated book (viz. e-books) except in exceptional cases.

4.  Include a copy of the Nomination Form with each book you send to the Prize Committee members.

5.  Book reviews may be included in hardcopy along with the nominated book.


2019 Timeline

  • March 15, 2018 – Deadline for receipt of books by the Prize Committee members. You must also email a copy of the Nomination Form to Andrea Collins,, by March 15, 2018.
  • March 1, 2019 – Announce Prize recipient
  • June 2019 –Prize formally awarded at 28th IAFFE Annual Conference at Glasgow Caledonian University

Deadline for receipt of Books: March 15, 2018

Questions/concerns should be directed to:

Andrea Colllins
IAFFE Business Manager & Conference Coordinator