The Clarence E. Ayres Scholar is awarded to an
international scholar for outstanding work in the area of institutional economics.
2021 Smita Srinivas
Prof. Smita Srinivas is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Economics Department and the Development Policy and Practice (DPP) group at the Open University UK. She has held full-time, honorary, and visiting academic positions with Columbia University, Harvard’s Kennedy School, University College London, the LSE, with CTIER, India and other think tanks and policy centres. She currently acts as India PI on an OU-led, ESRC-funded 4-country research collaboration on Innovation for cancer care in Africa and is a Visiting Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, India. She has written on economics and its scientific method and her current areas of work include industrial policy design and implications of an institutional, evolutionary perspective in understanding health systems and the global health industry. She is the 2015 EAEPE Myrdal Prize author of “Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States” (Stanford University Press, 2012). She holds a Ph.D. from MIT focused on economic development, technological learning, and industrial policy, with prior training in economics, mathematics, and physics. She founded the Technological Change Lab (TCLab), now a research platform, which focuses on linking economic theory to developmental practice. She is a frequent high-level advisor working with private firms, governments, multilateral development agencies, NGOs, and grassroots groups. In senior appointments in the UK, US, E. Africa, and India, she has advised or directed new economics and global higher education programs with a view to an embedded, relevant, discipline.