Bina Agarwal was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Delhi. She has held many distinguished positions, including at Harvard, Princeton and Minnesota. She has been President of the International Society for Ecological Economics; Vice-President of the International Economic Association; President of the  International Association for Feminist Economics; and on the Commission for the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, chaired by Joseph Stiglitz. She was also a member of the Programme for Ecosystems Change and Society; the UN Committee for Development Policy; and the Indian Prime Minister’s National Council for Land Reforms.

 Agarwal has published 10 books and over 75 papers on the environment; food security; land and livelihoods; gender inequality; agriculture and poverty. Her books include: A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia (Cambridge University Press 1994), Gender and Green Governance (Oxford University Press 2010), and Gender Challenges, a three volume compendium of her selected papers (Oxford University Press 2016).

 In 2008 she received a Padma Shri from the President of India, and in 2010 the Leontief Prize from Tufts University ‘for advancing the frontiers of economic thought.