We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2020 Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize. This is the sixth annual prize for the best article published in the broad field of International Political Economy (IPE) by an Australia-based academic.
For some time, it has been noticeable that, outside individual academic journals or associations, independent recognition of IPE scholarship in journal article form has been lacking. While there are independent and esteemed prize awards for academic book publishing, e.g. the British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group Book Prize, the recognition of something similar for journal article accomplishment has been neglected.
As a consequence, we are announcing the 2020 Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize.
The Prize will be awarded to the best article published in IPE as deemed by a selection committee of IPE scholars. The award will be given to any article in IPE, understood in a pluralist sense to include the political economy of security, geography, literature, sociology, anthropology, post-coloniality, gender, finance, trade, regional studies, development and economic theory, in ways that can span concerns for in/security, poverty, inequality, sustainability, exploitation, deprivation and discrimination.
For that reason, it is fitting that the prize be named after Professor Richard Higgott. In a career spanning four decades, Richard has played a pivotal intellectual and practical role in establishing IPE as a thriving enterprise committed to theoretical innovation and inclusion in Australia and elsewhere. In 1987 he and Richard Leaver introduced the first graduate course in IPE at the ANU. Author or editor of 20 books, research monographs and edited volumes, as well as over 120 journal articles and book chapters, Richard has been at the forefront of research on globalisation, global and regional governance, and international trade. He served as President of the Australian Political Studies Association and as Vice-President of the International Studies Association and has supervised some 25 PhD theses, including those by now leading scholars. He was also principal investigator on a number of large-scale grants, totaling some $30m, which facilitated the establishment of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick and two major international scholarly networks providing funds for postdoctoral positions and PhD scholarships.
Nominations can be made by authors and/or academic colleagues for peer-reviewed articles that were published in 2019, either in journal hardcopy or early online publication. These articles can be single-authored or co-authored journal publications, published in international or Australia-based periodicals. The only requirement is that the author (for a single-authored piece) or one of the authors (for joint pieces) is based in Australia and that the winner commits to joining the AIPEN e-list and writing a short blog post on the wider import of their article for Progress in Political Economy (PPE). If a person is nominated for more than one single-authored article, they will be asked to choose which article they would like to be longlisted.
Once nominated, the longlist of candidates will be circulated on the AIPEN e-list and the PPE blog and AIPEN members will be invited to cast a vote for their top preferences. Votes will be tallied to make a shortlist of four, which will then be read in full and deliberated on by a committee made up of Sara Motta (University of Newcastle), Susan Park (University of Sydney), Gareth Bryant (University of Sydney), John Mikler (University of Sydney), Wesley Widmaier (Australian National University), Samanthi Gunawardana (Monash University) and Maria Tanyag (Australian National University) to decide on the eventual awardee. The winner of the best journal article prize will be announced to the AIPEN community and will receive a prize of $250.
The deadline for nominations for IPE-related articles matching the above wide-ranging and inclusive criteria is Friday 16 October 2020. The full bibliographic reference, including link for early online publication, should be entered at https://bit.ly/AIPEN2020.
2019 Linda Weiss and Elizabeth Thurbon, “Power Paradox: How the Extension of US Infrastructural Power Abroad Diminishes State Capacity at Home.” Review of International Political Economy 25:6 (2018).
2018 Maria Tanyag, ‘Invisible Labor, Invisible Bodies: How the Global Political Economy Affects Reproductive Freedom in the Philippines’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 19:1 (2017).
2017 Samanthi J. Gunawardana, ‘“To Finish, We Must Finish”: Everyday Practices of Depletion in Sri Lankan Export-Processing Zones”, Globalizations, 13:6 (2016).
2016 Gareth Bryant, Siddhartha Dabhi and Steffen Böhm, ‘“Fixing” the Climate Crisis: Capital, States and Carbon Offsetting in India’, Environment and Planning A, 47:10 (2015).
2015 Ainsley Elbra, ‘Interests Need Not be Pursued If They Can be Created: Private Governance in African Gold Mining’, Business and Politics, 16:2 (2014).
Image: Map of massacres of Australian First Nations people in the frontier wars. Judy Watson, Angus Hooper, Jonathan Richards, Greg Hooper, ‘The Names of Places‘,