The British Academy, with the support of The Policy Press, will award a biannual prize to commemorate the life and work of Peter Townsend.
Townsend was a former Fellow of the Academy, who died in 2009 after a long and remarkable career. The prize of £2,000 will be awarded to the author of what the Academy judges to be a piece of outstanding work with policy relevance and academic merit. The work can consist of a book, an article, a book in more than one volume or a series of closely related articles. The topic must fall within one or more of the fields to which Townsend made a major contribution - poverty and inequality, ageing and the lives of older people, disability, or inequalities in health.
It can be by anyone whose habitual residence is the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man: it must be written in the English language and published within five years of the closing date for nominations (15th February 2011).