Leverhulme Medal and Prize

The Leverhulme Medal and Prize, worth £5000, is awarded every three years for significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in a field within the humanities and social sciences.

History of the prize

The award is made in partnership with The Leverhulme Trust. The first award was in 2002, to mark the Academy's centenary.


a) Eligible nominations must be for significant contribution to knowledge and understanding alternately in the humanities or social sciences.

b) In 2021 the award is for significant contribution to the humanities.

c) The next award will be delivered in 2024 for significant contribution to the social sciences.

How to nominate

Nominations for the Leverhulme Medal and Prize are currently closed.

2018 winner

David Harvey
Leverhulme Medal and Prize 2018 winner

Professor 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 25 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 online lectures on Marx’s Capital.  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 FBA

Previous winners

2015 Professor Sir Richard J Evans FBA, University of Cambridge

2012 Professor 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

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