Nuffield Fellow Ridhi Kashyap wins prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize

23 Oct 23

Nuffield Fellow Ridhi Kashyap wins prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize

Nuffield College is delighted to announce that Professor Ridhi Kashyap, Fellow in Demography & Computational Social Science, has been award a Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of her outstanding work on several areas of demography, including mortality and population health, gender inequality, marriage and family, and migration and ethnicity.

The Philip Leverhulme Prize is awarded each year to remarkable researchers in the early stages of their career, and it comes with a grant of £100,000 to be used to advance their research. Ridhi will be putting this well-deserved award to good use as she continues to make globally impactful contributions to the field of demography.

One of Ridhi’s many contributions has been to forge links between demography and computational social science, using computational approaches to enhance demographic research as part of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science’s strand on Digital and Computational Science, which she co-leads. She has used these methods to explore population dynamics with a particular emphasis on social inequality. For instance, Ridhi has combined social media and survey data to examine gender inequality in terms of internet access, in line with one of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) ‘to achieve universal connectivity by 2030’.

In response to this recognition of her work, Ridhi says: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award among a cohort of immensely talented researchers. I would like to thank the Leverhulme Trust and colleagues at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science for their unwavering support and expertise. Together, we are propelling the emerging field of digital and computational demography to new heights.’