The trio behind a human rights index framework won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award for improving world order, the University of Louisville announced Tuesday.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph created a tool to determine how well countries are doing when it comes to providing basic rights to citizens, called the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index.

In their 2015 book “Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights,” the co-winners also look at how countries can improve the health, education, wellbeing and access to basic necessities for their citizens. The index targets governments and other organizations in helping them reduce disparities, the news release said.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Terra Lawson-Remer
Susan Randolph

“All of our reviewers agreed this work can inform domestic and international policies, aid in the work of non-governmental organizations and provide a way to evaluate performance in a truly comparative perspective,” said Charles Ziegler, a UofL political science professor in charge of the award, in a news release.

“In short, the ideas expressed in this book can make a significant contribution to world order.”

All academics, Fukuda-Parr is a professor at the New School, Lawson-Renner is a Stanford University fellow and Randolph is an associate professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.

The world order award is the second of four Grawemeyer Awards announced this week. Dutch composer Joel Bons was the first winner of the week, grabbing the music award for a multicultural piece. Awards for psychology and religion will be announced later this week.

Winners will accept their awards and give free public talks in Louisville in April. Each prize is worth $100,000.

Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy.Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern.Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies.Email Olivia at [email protected]