NUI Galway researcher to present findings on costs of violence against women to Nobel laureates

Dr Mrinal Chadha, postdoctoral researcher at NUI Galway’s Centre for Global Women’s Studies.
Nov 10 2020 Posted: 13:07 GMT

A researcher in women’s studies has been selected to take part in the 7th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings on Economic Sciences, to highlight the costs of violence against women.

Dr Mrinal Chadha, a postdoctoral researcher at NUI Galway’s Centre for Global Women’s Studies, will engage with Nobel laureates and academics on the need for policy change on the issue.

The 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences #LINOEcon will bring together young economists and Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel on Lake Constance in August 2022.

The Lindau is a unique scientific forum normally held every three years to foster exchange of ideas between different generations, cultures and disciplines from all over the world. 

An expert in feminist and development economics, Dr Chadha was nominated by the School of Political Science and Sociology and recommended by the Irish Research Council. He is one of 373 young economists from 60 countries who have been selected to take part.

Dr Chadha said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated violence against women and girls, especially domestic violence. With my work, I aim to highlight the economic costs of this violence, with the ultimate goal of policy changes to positively impact the lives of women.

“While humanity has evolved over thousands of years, our society still hasn’t given women what they deserve, which is an equal status with men. I hope to use the opportunity at Lindau to share my ideas and evidence for much needed change.”

The Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences was originally scheduled to take place last summer. It has been postponed until 2022 due to the impact of Covid-19.

Dr Chadha added: “Beyond gender-based violence, I am also a passionate advocate of reducing inequality in the world which has worsened due to the pandemic. While high income countries have the resources to fight this pandemic and provide necessary supports to their citizens, most low income countries don’t”.

“High income countries have a responsibility to provide much larger supports to low income countries, compared to what they are currently providing. I hope to collaborate on this with fellow young economists in Lindau.”


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