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
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.
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