Dr Sandra Sequeira from the Department of International Development has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize 2022, awarded by the Leverhulme Trust.
The prizes are awarded annually to recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.
Each of the 30 prize winners receives £100,000 which can be used to advance their research.
Chosen from over 300 nominations, the Trust offered five prizes in each of the following subject areas: Archaeology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Geography, and Languages and Literatures. Dr Sequeira was recognised in the Economics category.
Commenting on the award, Dr Sequeira said: “I am delighted to receive the Leverhulme Prize. It will support my research on understanding the drivers and the consequences of human mobility across the developing world, with a special focus on Africa.
“This research agenda leverages recent insights from different sub-fields in economics ranging from political economy, development, migration studies to behavioural economics to shed light on when, how and why people move, and their impact on communities that host them.
“As worsening climate shocks and conflict push more people out of their homes, a critical goal is to design effective policies that can turn this into movements to opportunity, and in the process promote economic development and growth.”
More information about the 2022 prize winners is available from the Leverhulme Trust.