Fellow promoted to full professorship

Friday 1 July 2022


St Catharine’s is delighted that Professor Sriya Iyer (2000) has been promoted to a full professorship (Professor Grade 12) in the University of Cambridge’s Academic Career Pathways (Research and Teaching) 2022 promotions exercise, with effect from 1 October 2022. Professor Iyer is based in the Faculty of Economics and St Catharine’s College.

In response to the news of her recent promotion, Professor Iyer said:

“I am truly humbled and delighted to hear this news. My grateful thanks to my colleagues in the Faculty, School, College and University for their help and support over many years. I pray that I may justify the faith reposed in me to help others in the Cambridge community and beyond in the years to come. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”

Professor Sriya Iyer
Professor Sriya Iyer

After reading for a BA (Hons) in Economics at St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Professor Iyer received a BA, MA, MPhil and PhD in Economics from Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000–03) and has received grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Isaac Newton Trust, the Cambridge-INET Institute and The Keynes Fund. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research, the Global Labor Organisation and the Institute for the Study of Labor. She is on the Advisory Council of the Templeton Religion Trust’s social consequences of religion initiative, and on the India Advisory Board of the Pew Research Centre in Washington DC. She was appointed Deputy Director of The Keynes Fund for Applied Economics in 2021 and was recently elected to serve on the Council of the Royal Economic Society.

Professor Sir Mark Welland (2016), Master of St Catharine’s, commented:

“I am sure the College community will join me in congratulating Professor Iyer on her promotion under the University’s Academic Career Pathway process. In the last five years, her academic development has been nothing short than outstanding and, having had the pleasure of mentoring her since becoming Master, I am particularly proud of everything she has achieved.”

Professor Iyer’s research interests encompass development economics, economics of religion, inequality, health and education. Her research spans many countries including India, Kenya, Bangladesh, Brazil, the UK and the USA. For the past decade, she has been contributing to developing a new field of research called the economics of religion, in which she uses methods such as economic theory, survey methods and statistical tools to study religion and the evolution of religion in society.

Before joining the Faculty of Economics formally as Reader in 2019, Professor Iyer was a long-standing College Teaching Officer in Economics at St Catharine’s. As one of the College’s Director of Studies in Economics, Professor Iyer is responsible for the academic work and progress of St Catharine’s students. She was also awarded a Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence from the University of Cambridge in 2014.

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