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Peter Townsend Prize

The Peter Townsend Prize, worth £2000, is awarded biennially for outstanding work with policy relevance on a topic to which Townsend made a major contribution.

It is awarded in commemoration of Professor Peter Townsend, one of the most distinguished global figures in contemporary social policy and sociology. As an international researcher and public intellectual, he made an immeasurable contribution to analysis and policy-making in the areas of poverty and inequality, health inequalities, disability and older people. He was a Fellow of the British Academy. This prize was established to honour his memory following his death in 2009. The Prize was first awarded in 2011.

Eligibility

Eligible nominations can be for a published work with policy relevance and academic merit on poverty and inequality; ageing and the lives of older people; disability and inequalities in health. The nominated work must have been published within five years of the closing date for nominations, be available in English and the author must be a habitual resident of the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. An article, a book in more than one volume, or a series of closely related articles will count as a single work. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

How to nominate

Please complete the nomination form found on the right hand side of this page and return it to prizes@britac.ac.uk by 31 January 2017.

Please also send three hard copies of the nominated work to: Prizes & Medals Manager, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Nominations for the 2017 prize are now closed.

Supported by Policy Press, University of Bristol 

Nominating body: Section S4


Previous Winners


2015  Professor Andrew Sayer for Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

2013  Professor Tracy Shildrick, Professor Robert MacDonald, Professor Colin Webster and Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite for Poverty and insecurity: life in low-pay, no-pay Britain

2011  Ms Julia Johnson, Ms Sheena Rolph and Mr Randall Smith for Residential Care Transformed: Revisiting ‘The Last Refuge’

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