The Clarence E. Ayres Scholar is awarded to an
international scholar for outstanding work in the area of institutional economics
2023 Kanchana Ruwanpura
Kanchana N Ruwanpura is Professor at the Department of Economy and Society, School of Economics, Business and Law at Gothenburg University, Sweden. She also holds an Honorary Fellow position at the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where she was a Reader until 2020. She has held full-time positions in academia at the University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton in the U.K. and prior to that Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA. At different stages of her academic career, she held fellowship positions at the National University of Singapore, Singapore, Humboldt Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian’s University-Munich, Germany, Göttingen University, Germany, France-ILO Chair Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies-Nantes, France. Her PhD is from Newnham College, University of Cambridge, England. The research she has done has focused on issues around gender, conflict, post-disaster and post-war infrastructural politics and labour governance, which has been funded by the ESRC, ERC, British Academy, BA-GCRF, GCRF-NERC-AHRC, Adlerbertska Foundation, Jubileumsfonden. She has written for popular science and open-editorials outlets, journal articles, edited volumes & books, and research monographs. Garments without Guilt? Global Labour Justice and Ethical Codes in Sri Lankan Apparels with Cambridge University Press (2021) is her most recent book. Political economy of development conceptualisations shapes her research, where she has engaged with institutional economics, human geography, social anthropology, and feminist scholarship, from feminist economics to feminist geography. This work has been recognised with the Rhonda Williams Prize (2005) from IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics) and more recently a best paper prize (2018) from Progress in Development Studies. The Clarence Ayres Prize for institutional thought in 2022 is a welcome recognition of her initial disciplinary training in heterodox economics.