A researcher from the Oxford Martin Program on African Governance has won the ESRC Prize for outstanding impact on public policy.
Principal Investigator Kate Orkin, also an associate professor of economics and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, received the award for his instrumental role in advising the South African government on social protection in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. His significant contribution helped influence £4.87 billion spentbenefiting 28.5 million people and preventing 5.5 million people from falling into extreme poverty.
The prize, awarded by the government’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), recognizes researchers who have demonstrated “outstanding economic or societal impact” through their work. Professor Orkin will receive £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other communications activities.
Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, director of Oxford Martin Program on African Governance and Professor of African International Politics at the University of Oxford, was also selected as a finalist for this award. He was part of a group project tackling the crucial issue of tackling the problem of kleptocracy in the UK.
The Oxford Martin School congratulates both researchers.