Sakiko Fukuda-Parr wins Grawemeyer Award

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph receives award for ideas set forth in their book Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights.

Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr wins award for work on creating a tool to measure nations’ progress on human rights.

We are happy to announce that Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph are co-winners of the 2019 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award, for the ideas set forth in their book Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights. In this book, they offer a method for measuring how well nations are providing basic human rights of food, health, education, housing, work and social well-being to their citizens. They also suggest how such rights can be advanced by nations even further.

Created tool to address disparities

The trio created a new tool to measure nations’ progress toward human rights goals, the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index. This index was created on the basis of the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights. Their book also sheds light on policies that advance human rights, and explains how use of these policies and public pressure can lead to results.

Although the authors noted that there has been steady progress in social and economic rights fulfillment over the past 30 years, they found that disparities still exist in every region of the world. Their measurement tool is aimed at helping governments and other organizations address those disparities.

About the winners

Terra Lawson-Remer (Standford University) and Susan Randolph (University of Connecticut) are co-winners with Sakiko Fukuda Parr of the Grawemeyer Award

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is a professor in The New School’s Graduate Programs in International Affairs and visiting professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment, where she heads the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health.

Terra Lawson-Remer is a fellow in Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Susan Randolph is an associate professor emerita of economics at the University of Connecticut.

The Grawmeyer Award

The Grawemeyer Awards program at the University of Louisville pays tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact a single idea can have on the world. The annual $100,000 worth prizes reward outstanding ideas in music, world order, psychology, education and religion.

Recipients of the 2019 Grawemeyer Awards are being named this week, pending formal approval by university trustees. Winners will visit Louisville in April to accept their awards and give free talks on their winning ideas.

Published Dec. 4, 2018 4:28 PM - Last modified Dec. 5, 2018 3:26 PM