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Dr Susana Carvalho, Professor Kalina Manova and Professor Mark Graham have each been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Researchers Awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes for 2016 Lightspring

Awarded annually by the Leverhulme Trust, the prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

The prize will allow Evolutionary Anthropologist Susana Carvalho to set up a Primate Models Research Lab, and base large scale projects in Oxford. This will enable her to purchase laboratory and field equipment, and cover travel and subsistence during field trips to Guinea (to study tool transport by chimpanzees), Kenya, Koobi Fora (for archaeological excavations in Pliocene deposits), and Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park (for archaeological and paleoanthropological surveys of this unexplored part of the Rift Valley).

Kalina Manova, Associate Professor in Economics, was awarded the prize to support her novel research on the causes and consequences of global value chains (GVCs). GVCs create complex interlinkages across firms and countries as producing a final good is broken into production stages completed by different firms in multiple countries. Using unique data for USA, China and Belgium, she will examine how firms’ productivity and management practices determine their GVC participation, and how GVCs in turn affect firm growth, profits,  and vulnerability to macroeconomic shocks. These questions have first-order implications for economic policy design and the welfare effects of globalization. 

Professor of Internet Geography, Mark Graham, will now be able to extend his research into information and internet geographies.  This line of research asks where and who is made more powerful and given more voice by the new digital layers of place that augment the places that we live in, and who and where tends to get silenced and excluded. Professor Graham will also hire a postdoc with experience in computational social science/ GIS/ big data/ quantitative geography to complete this multi-disciplinary research.

Each of the 30 prize winners receives £100,000 which can be used over two or three years to advance their research.

In January 2017 the Trust will invite institutional nominations for prizes in Biological Sciences; History; Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Philosophy and Theology; and Sociology and Social Policy.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been awarded annually since 2001 in commemoration of the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of the Trust.