Leverhulme Trust awards £3 million to 30 extraordinary researchers
The Leverhulme Trust has announced the winners of the 2023 Philip Leverhulme Prizes. Chosen from over 400 nominations, the Trust offered five prizes in each of the following subject areas: Biological Sciences, History, Law, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy and Theology, and Sociology and Social Policy. Congratulations to the winners, who are listed below. Now in its twenty-second year, this scheme commemorates the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip, Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Lever, the founder of the Trust. The prizes recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future careers are exceptionally promising.
Professor Anna Vignoles, Director of the Leverhulme Trust, said:
“In its twenty-second year, this scheme continues to attract applications from exceptionally high calibre researchers. The Leverhulme Trust is thrilled to award prizes to academics undertaking work on an impressive range of topics, from plant evolution to the history of capitalism, family law to theoretical statistics, and the philosophy of science to human trafficking. We are very proud to support these researchers through the next stage of their careers. Selecting the winners gets tougher each year, and we are incredibly grateful to the reviewers and panel members who help us in our decision-making.”
Each prize is worth £100,000 and may be used for any purpose that advances the prize winner’s research. Detailed citations for each winner will be published on our website in due course.
Dr Anders Bergström, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, for his work on evolutionary genomics.
Dr Katharine Coyte, Division of Evolution, Infection and Genomics, University of Manchester, for her work on the ecology, evolution, and impact of host-associated and environmental microbiomes.
Dr Sandy Hetherington, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, for his work on plant sciences and plant evolution.
Dr Tommaso Jucker, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, for his work on forest ecology and global environmental change.
Dr Alison Wright, School of Biosciences, University of Sheffield, for her work on evolutionary biology, genomics and sexual selection.
Dr Emily Corran, Department of History, University College London, for her work on the intellectual and institutional history of Catholicism during the later Middle Ages in Europe.
Dr John Gallagher, School of History, University of Leeds, for his work on the history of language and multilingualism in the early modern period.
Dr Bérénice Guyot-Réchard, Department of History, King’s College London, for her work on the history of South Asia, international and transnational history, and the history of decolonisation.
Dr Ryan Hanley, Department of Archaeology and History, University of Exeter, for his work on Black British history, history and cultures of British anti-slavery, and class and ‘race’ in Britain, c.1750–c.1850.
Dr Peter Hill, Department of Humanities, Northumbria University, for his work on the history of the Middle East, global history, and history of capitalism.
Dr Anna Chadwick, School of Law, University of Glasgow, for her work on law and political economy, international law and human rights law.
Dr Seán Columb, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool, for his work on transnational crime, human rights and criminal justice.
Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, University of Bristol Law School, for his work on public international law, with a particular focus on international humanitarian law, human rights law and international dispute settlement.
Dr Sharon Thompson, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, for her work on family law and feminist legal history.
Professor Joe Tomlinson, York Law School, University of York, for his work on administrative law and justice, and socio-legal studies.
Mathematics and Statistics
Professor Holly Krieger, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge, for her work on the interaction between number theory and complex dynamics.
Professor Po-Ling Loh, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge, for her work on theoretical statistics, spanning topics such as high-dimensional statistics, robustness, optimisation, and privacy, with machine learning applications.
Professor Michael Magee, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, for his work on spectral geometry.
Professor Chris Oates, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle University, for his work on statistics, specialising in Bayesian computation, kernel methods, probabilistic numerics, uncertainty quantification, and Monte Carlo.
Professor Yi Yu, Department of Statistics, University of Warwick, for her work on theoretical and methodological statistics.
Philosophy and Theology
Dr Adrian Currie, Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter, for his work on the philosophy of science – historical sciences and biology.
Dr Jessie Munton, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Cambridge, for her work on philosophy of mind, cognitive science and epistemology.
Dr Nil Özlem Palabiyik, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, for her work on oriental studies in early modern Europe.
Professor Amia Srinivasan, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, for her work on epistemology, social and political philosophy, feminism, metaphilosophy, and history of philosophy.
Dr Mohammad Saleh Zarepour, Department of Philosophy, University of Manchester, for his work on medieval Islamic philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of logic.
Sociology and Social Policy
Dr Ella Cockbain, Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London, for her work on human trafficking, labour exploitation, child sexual exploitation, and complex crimes.
Dr Rebecca Elliott, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, for her work on how climate change, as a material and symbolic phenomenon, is reshaping social and environmental landscapes.
Dr Maziyar Ghiabi, Faculty of Humanities, Arts And Social Sciences, University of Exeter, for his work on political sociology, state-society relations, the politics of health, transdisciplinary study of ‘addiction’ and drugs, social theory, including through non-Western epistemologies.
Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, for his work on the sociology of education, sociology of race and ethnicity, and policing.
Professor Ridhi Kashyap, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, for her work on demography, social statistics, computational social science, digital and computational demography, and gender inequalities.
In 2024, the Trust will invite nominations for prizes in Classics, Earth Sciences, Physics, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, and Visual and Performing Arts. Further information regarding the nomination process is available here.