Each year The British Academy makes a small number of awards to scholars in the social sciences and humanities whose work has been of special note. Today the Academy has announced the winners of the 2015 edition.
Dr. Brian A'Hearn (HHB Co-Investigator, Fellow and Tutor in Economics at the Pembroke College, University of Oxford) has been awarded with the Serena Medal for Italian Economics, for his reputation in, and contribution to the study of Italian economic history.
Dr. A’Hearn has made a number of contributions to understanding Italian economic development in the long run, especially in its regional aspects. These have ranged widely and include the location of the cotton textile industry, the health of Italian children as revealed by their adult statures, the role of cooperative banks in regional economies, and the ways in which Italy’s external trade affected its internal economic geography. Among his current projects are a studies of cognitive ability measured by the accuracy of self-reported ages, the politics of local primary school provision, and a comparison of poverty in Italy and in Edwardian Britain as estimated from household budgets.
The Serena Medal was endowed by Mr. Arthur Serena after Great Britain's alliance with Italy in the First World War, to be awarded annually ‘for eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, literature, art or economics'.
Click here to see the full list of the 2015 award winners on The British Academy website.
Historian of the contemporary age, since 2014 he is also Full Professor at the European module "Jean Monnet" on European Policies on Education and Training at the University of Bergamo. He is part of the Advisory Board of Contenuti, which is projecting M9, museum of the Twentieth Century, for the Italian Fondazione di Venezia. For the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research between 2010 and 2011 he has designed and coordinated, as member of the Scientific Committee, the portal of the Risorgimento, as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unity.
For the same Ministry in 2014 he was member of the Scientific Committee that designed and prepared the initiative "One hundred years after the Great War", and personally oversaw the publication of the first of the three volumes of «Materiali per conoscere, capire, ricordare», Il mondo nella tormenta (1914-1918). In 2013, he was auditor ANVUR for the VQR. His most important books are published by Il Mulino. In 2013 he published "La scuola che vorrei" (Mondadori). Forthcoming (Il Mulino, October 2015), his latest book Senza educazione. I rischi della scuola 2.0.
She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Strasbourg (France) and from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy) in 2013. Her research interests focus on understanding and explaining the mechanisms underlying the long-run processes of economic and demographic developments – with a particular emphasis on the role played by women empowerment and gender equality.
She holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute (1998), with a thesis on “The Dynamics of Poverty in Spain 1985-1992: the Permanent and Transitory Poor”.
Her main research interests focus on the dynamics of income distribution, poverty, income inequality, gender discrimination in the labor market and the assessment of the distributional impact of public policies.
HHB welcomes Massimo Baldini - Associate Professor of Public Economics and Member of CAPP (Centre for the Analysis of Public Policies) at the Department of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - as a HHB Fellow.
Prof. Baldini has published several books in Italian on the themes of inequality, poverty, income distribution, public policies and housing: Diseguaglianza e Redistribuzione nel Ciclo di Vita, Il Mulino (1997); La Ricchezza dell’Equità, Distribuzione del reddito e condizioni di vita in un’area ad elevato benessere, Il Mulino, (2004, together with P. Silvestri and P. Bosi); Diseguaglianza, Povertà e Politiche Pubbliche, Il Mulino, (2009, together with S. Toso); La Casa degli Italiani, Il Mulino (2010).
He holds a BA in Economics from the Facoltà di Economia e Commercio di Modena (1990), a MSc in Economics from the University College London (1994) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Bologna, with a thesis on “Inequality and redistribution over the life-cycle” (1996).