15 June 2015

Professor Susan Whyte receives the Ester Boserup Prize

The Ester Boserup Prize is awarded by The Copenhagen Centre for Development Research for outstanding social science research on development and economic history.


The prize is awarded to a scholar whose research has improved and deepened our knowledge of development dynamics and economic history, of poverty and wealth, of marginalization and political participation, and of lawlessness and justice.

This year’s recipient is Professor Susan Reynolds Whyte

Susan Whyte is an anthropologist concerned with societal and family efforts to secure well-being under conditions of adversity. She has carried out research in East Africa on changing life conditions, family organization and post-conflict recovery. She has been highly productive in many aspects of the anthropology of health, publishing high-impact books, edited volumes and journal articles. Her work has dealt with health care systems as well as people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and disabilities.

Her most significant works include Disability and Culture (co-edited, 1995), Questioning Misfortune (1997), Social Lives of Medicines (co-authored, 2002), Generations in Africa (co-edited 2008), and lately Second Chances (2014), which is an example of collective ethnography. She had an early interest in gender issues and co-authored the 1987 evaluation report Women in DANIDA-supported Development Projects, which marked the start of sustained DANIDA interest in women in development.