Dr Ines Lee shortlisted for prestigious publishing prize

By Laura Kenworthy 1min read

Dr Ines Lee, Homerton Junior Research Fellow in Economics, has been shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey’s Bracken Bower Prize.

Awarded to the best business book proposal by an author under 35, the prize represents a significant boost towards publication. All shortlisted authors are invited to take part in a masterclass with representatives from the publishing industry. The winner, announced on 1 December, will receive £15,000.

Working in collaboration with Dr Eileen Tipoe of Queen Mary University of London, Ines’s book will investigate how the purposes of education have shifted from an intrinsic view, with a focus on character, to an instrumental view, with a focus on career.

“Our book explores how and why this has happened, what issues arise from focusing on the instrumental purposes of education, why the intrinsic purposes of education are increasingly important in the global Information age, and what we can do to achieve both the intrinsic and instrumental goals of education,” she says.

“Using insights, case studies, and research from economics, psychology, philosophy, and political science, we hope to offer readers a new perspective about what it means to be “educated” in our society today.”