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Gita Sen Awarded Honorary Degree: Events Series

Gita Sen Awarded Honorary Degree: Events Series
Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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29th Jun 2014 19:00 - 3rd Jul 2014 20:00

Gita Sen is one of two distinguished women on whom Sociology and the University are conferring an honorary degree in this year’s summer degree ceremony. This is an important, and indeed an unprecedented occasion, and we shall be collectively marking and celebrating their presence and their achievements in an appropriate way. 

Gita Sen

Gita Sen is Professor of Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIMB), India, and Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health. She received her M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Gita Sen a highly respected scholar, powerful advocate and skilled negotiator. She is a founder member of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era), a network of women scholars and activists from the economic South and her co-authored book, Development, Crises, and Alternative Visions: Third World Women’s Perspectives, written as a contribution to the UN Women’s Conference in Nairobi in 1985, is a classic that helped transform thinking on gender and development. Her co-edited book Population Policies Reconsidered: Health, Empowerment and Rights (1994) has been highly influential in reshaping the population field. Her other publications include Power and Decision: The Social Control of Reproduction (1994), Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Processes – Moving Beyond Cairo (2000), Engendering International Health: The Challenge of Equity (2002) and Gender Equity in Health: the Shifting Frontiers of Evidence and Action (2010).

Her recent work includes research and policy advocacy on the political economy of globalisation and economic liberalisation, the gender dimensions of population policies, gender equity in health and women’s human rights. She plays an active role in relation to numerous policy-related bodies, from the Mission Steering Group for Government of India’s National Rural Health Mission to various United Nations bodies (such as UNDP, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNRISD, WHO).

Patricia Jeffery is acting as the formal link person with Gita Sen, and as the proposer/laureator for her Honorary Degree. As part of the arrangements around the honorary degree ceremony and also Sociology's 50th Anniversary events, Sociology staff and postgraduates are warmly invited to attend the various events listed below:


  • Private Celebratory Dinner for Gita with invited Sociology staff and Postgraduates, Sunday 29 June 7pm 
  • Sociology welcome reception, Monday 30 June 3pm, Chrystal Macmillan Building Staff Room
  • Degree ceremony, 3pm Tuesday 1 July, Location TBC
  • Thematic Session 3: 50 Years of Researching South Asia, Thursday 3 July, time TBC, as part of the 50th Anniversary Conference.


Previous honorary degrees recipients include Ann Oakley

50th Anniversary