KU Leuven honorary doctorates pay tribute to poverty research


The University of Leuven will hand out four honorary doctorates to an architect, economist and two epidemiologists, all working on poverty issues

Honorary doctorates handed out on Patron Saint’s Day

During its annual Patron Saint’s Day celebration on 3 February, the University of Leuven will recognise individuals for exceptional academic, societal and cultural achievements. This year, the university will award honorary doctorates to four people who have made distinguished contributions to poverty research.

Indian architect Neera Adarkar (pictured) focuses on urban development in her country, especially the heavily populated city of Mumbai, co-operating closely with organisations that represent its underprivileged residents.

The Indian economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee explores poverty and social innovation via a participatory methodology that includes insights and contributions from people living in poverty.

British epidemiologist Michael Marmot is an expert on the impact of social inequalities in health care; for three years, he led the World Health Organisation’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health. In 2010, he examined health-care inequalities for the British government.

The Australian Fiona Stanley, also an epidemiologist, created a database for cerebral palsy, which allows physicians to provide better care. Stanley also looked into child abuse and the mental health of children in disadvantaged groups, particularly among Australia’s Aboriginal population.

KU Leuven focuses on poverty research in selecting recipients for its honorary doctorates.

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