The award is made in partnership with The Leverhulme Trust. The first award was in 2002, to mark the Academy's Centenary.
Eligible nominations must be for significant contribution to knowledge and understanding alternately in the humanities or social sciences. The next award will be delivered in 2021 for significant contribution to the humanities.
David Harvey FBA is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He previously taught at the University of Bristol, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Oxford where he held the Halford Mackinder Professorship of Geography. He is the author of some twenty-five books on urbanization, uneven geographical development and political economy. His companions to Marx’s Capital (Voiumes 1 and 2) and writings on the relevance of Marx’s thinking for contemporary understandings are well-known as is his on-line lectures on Marx’s Capital (at DavidHarvey.org). His two favourite books are The Limits to Capital (which is a reconstruction of Marx’s critique of classical political economy) and Paris, Capital of Modernity (which is a history of the social, political and physical transformation of Paris between the revolution of 1848 and the Paris Commune of 1871).
David Harvey is awarded the 2018 Leverhulme Medal & Prize for his signal service in demonstrating the importance of the social sciences in understanding the modern complexities of capitalism, urbanism and questions of social justice.
“I am an anti-capitalist because compound economic growth, which is the necessary condition of existence of a capitalist mode of production, cannot continue for ever.” – Professor David Harvey, September 2018
2015 Professor Sir Richard J Evans FBA, University of Cambridge
2012 Dame Marilyn Strathern FBA, University of Cambridge
2009 Dr Sebastian Brock FBA, Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
2005 Sir Tony Wrigley, FBA, formerly Master, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Past President of the British Academy
2002 Professor Sir Ernst Gombrich FBA and Professor Sir Raymond Firth FBA