EADI Prize for Development Studies 2007

The EADI Prize was created in 2005 with the aim of rewarding and bringing recognition “to encourage creative, interdisciplinary, multifaceted research on development issues” from the upcoming generation of development specialists.

The jury has identified a clear winner among the 40 entries to this year’s competition: We are very delighted to award the 2007 EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies to a young man who submitted a paper which raises questions at the heart of the research process.

Reza Hasmath’s outstanding paper on “The Development of Ethnic Minorities in Urban China: The Beijing Example” is a rigorous and multidisciplinary analysis of the difficult subject of ethnic minorities in an urban context.

The paper analyses the situation of China’s growing ethnic minority population in urban centres such as Beijing. It takes a very original approach and produces surprising results. The paper shows that ethnic minorities in the capital city have achieved educational attainment that is higher than the dominant Han group. Yet, when it comes to their employment in high-wage, education-intensive sectors, minorities seemingly pay an “ethnic penalty”. That is, the Han group are disproportionately represented in high-wage, education-intensive sectors. The paper examines what accounts for this discrepancy and elaborates on what the results signify regarding ethnic minority development in Beijing. Finally, it discusses ways in which the situation could be improved. The paper is based on interviews which were supplemented by in-depth observations and combined with the analysis of statistical data and an excellent use of the bibliography.

Reza Hasmath is completing a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK.

We congratulate Reza and wish him all the best for his future career!