Falling Walls Foundation prize for Balliol alumnus

Wednesday 25 August 2021

Professor Dilip Menon (Balliol 1984) has been awarded a ‘Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in Social Sciences and Humanities’ prize by the Falling Walls Foundation, for his work on theory from the global south.

Professor Menon is Mellon Chair of Indian Studies and the Director of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand. A historian of South Asia, he has most recently published Capitalisms: Towards a Global History (Oxford, 2020), co-edited with Dr Kaveh Yazdani. His forthcoming title Changing Theory: Concepts from the Global South will be published by Routledge in 2022. There are more details about his publications here.

The Falling Walls awards seek to recognise outstanding researchers ‘who have made excellent, ground-breaking, recent achievements in their respective fields, nationally and internationally, and who stand out for their innovative strength’, and who ‘promise to have a significant long-term impact on the research landscape and to contribute towards solving global challenges’. The title of Science Breakthrough of the Year is awarded in ten categories, from Life Sciences to Science Engagement. Professor Menon is one of ten finalists who qualify for the title of Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in Social Sciences and Humanities. All finalists will showcase their work at the Falling Walls Science Summit in November 2021.