Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate
Indiana University Distinguished Professor Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer.
She was senior research director of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Distinguished Professor and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Ostrom received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her groundbreaking research demonstrating that ordinary people are capable of creating rules and institutions that allow for the sustainable and equitable management of shared resources. She shared the prize with Oliver Williamson, a University of California economist.
The recipient of numerous international awards and honorary degrees, Ostrom was selected in April as one of the Time 100 for 2012, Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In May, the IU Board of Trustees renamed the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis to honor Elinor Ostrom and her husband and colleague, Vincent Ostrom, who founded the center in 1973.
Vincent Ostrom died on June 29, 2012. The Ostroms are survived by an international extended family of colleagues, collaborators, staff and friends who worked closely with them during their extraordinary careers.
- Autobiography from Nobel Prize website
- Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
- Distinguished Indiana University scholar Vincent Ostrom dies
- IU News Room Blog: ‘An irreplaceable and magnificent treasure’
- “Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University faculty member, wins Nobel Prize for Economics,” Oct. 12, 2009
- “Elinor Ostrom presented with Nobel Prize in Economics,” Dec. 10, 2009
- “Ostrom's new book encourages research collaboration across specialties,” May 12, 2010
- “IU professor Elinor Ostrom named to Time's list of 100 most influential people,” April 18, 2012
- “IU's Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis renamed for Elinor and Vincent Ostrom,” May 4, 2012
- Nobel Prize lecture in Stockholm
- IU news conference in response to Nobel Prize announcement
- Nobel Prize lecture delivered at IU Auditorium