One of the UK’s leading voices on gender-budgeting, Dr Angela O’Hagan, Deputy Director of the Wise Centre for Economic Justice, was awarded the Jo Cox Award at the Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Awards at Westminster on Tuesday 12 November 2019.
The award recognises academics who have made a positive change to society by reflecting the campaigning spirit and humanitarian values espoused by the late MP, who was murdered in June 2016.
Dr O’Hagan was nominated by PSA members for her work to advance gender budgeting over the last 20 years and the judges praised her tireless efforts in informing the public on how gender shapes decisions on budgets and people’s lives and described her as “a wonderful academic and campaigner”.
On receiving the award, Angela said:
“This is an amazing honour. The fact the award is in Jo’s name, and I was nominated by my peers, makes it incredibly special. Jo and I overlapped briefly at Oxfam. Although I didn’t know her well, everything you hear about her through the media is true – she was a warm, funny, energetic and hugely engaging person”Feminist economists don’t tend to get a lot of attention, so it means a lot that the judges see the value of this work and recognise it as legitimate and important.”
The PSA Annual Awards recognise politicians, broadcasters, journalists and academics who are deemed to be shaping UK politics.
Professor Sara Cantillon, Director of the Centre for Economic Justice at GCU, said:
“I’m both thrilled and proud of the award given to Angela O Hagan. As her colleague and friend, we at Wise witness first hand her indefatigable public service commitment and her active citizenship. It couldn’t have gone to a more rewarding recipient.”
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