Professor Fukuda-Parr Earns the Grawemeyer Award for Improving World Order

Published on December 7, 2018


The announcement appeared in Times Square.

Program Director and Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has been awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Improving World Order! This prestigious award, given by the University of Louisville, celebrates the powerful and creative ideas that have the potential to impact the world.  Each year, five awards are given for innovation in education, psychology, religion, music, and improving world order. It’s founder, Charles Grawemeyer, conceptualized the award to be “something like the Nobel, only better”. He wanted to highlight ideas that made a difference, and helped to advance the world toward peace, justice, and order. Past award winners have included Mikael Gorbachev, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Drahos, and Kathryn Sikkink.

Professor Fukuda-Parr was recognized alongside her co-authors Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph for the ideas in their book Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights. They developed the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index which provides a rigorous method for measuring how well nations are fulfilling basic human rights (food, health, education, housing, work and social well-being) to their citizens. The book also looks at policies used to advance human rights, and how their application, in conjunction with public pressure, can lead to results. The index is meant to be used as a measurement tool to help governments address existing disparities.

Professor Fukuda-Parr says:

I feel hugely honored by this award for Improving the World Order. I hope it shines a light on social and economic rights.  These human rights have long been neglected and in fact, are increasingly threatened by policies being introduced in countries around the world.  I hope that the award contributes to the many initiatives where people are mobilizing to claim their rights and challenge economic models that create poverty and increase inequality.   I am indebted to my co-authors, and editors at OUP. I also want to thank all my family, friends, and colleagues for their support. And the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health at SUM/University of Oslo, and at The New School International Affairs program have been a fantastic  communities and homes that I have been privileged to be a part of.

Read more coverage by the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, Grawemeyer Awards, Insider Louisville,  NPR-affiliate in Louisville WFPL and New School News

Professor Fukuda-Parr sat down with The New School to discuss the benefits of studying International Affairs at the New School – and her award winning ideas.