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Pragya Agarwal

Pragya Agarwal is a behaviour and data scientist, consultant, author, speaker and journalist. As an academic in the field of Social Inequalities, Pragya is renowned for making complex scientific ideas accessible to audiences of any size, age or background. Pragya is the founder of research think-tank The 50 Percent Project, which investigates women’s status and rights around the world. Additionally, Pragya has written books on the topics of Motherhood, Unconscious Bias and Talking to Children about Racism.


About Pragya Agarwal

Pragya Agarwal regularly delivers talks and workshops on topics ranging from bias and anti-racism to social inclusion, power and privilege. She regularly appears on panels and has delivered keynotes to audiences in locations around the world. A passionate campaigner for women’s rights, and two-time TEDx speaker herself, Pragya organised the first ever TEDxWoman event in the north of the UK . Pragya is also the winner of the Diverse Wisdom Writing award from Hay House Publishing in 2018.


Pragya Agarwal has appeared on NPR, BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Australian Broadcasting Service, Canadian Radio and many more.

As well as being a visiting Professor of Social Inequities and Injustice at Loughborough University, Pragya has authored numerous books. Her award-winning titles include the following: Hysterical: Exploding the myth of gendered emotions, (M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman, SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias and Wish we knew what to say: Talking with children about race, and a book for children Standing up to Racism.

Following a PhD from the University of Nottingham, Pragya held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship and has held senior academic positions and visiting fellowships at University College London (UK), University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Temuco (Chile), University of California Santa Barbra (USA) and Johns Hopkins University (USA). Her publications are on reading lists of leading academic courses across the world. Pragya was selected as a ‘creative thinker’ for innovative and interdisciplinary research by NESTA and the TRANSMISSION PRIZE for ‘making complex scientific ideas accessible.’

Pragya has worked as a consultant, speaker and workshop facilitator with organisations around the world, including universities, corporates, non-profits, and schools.

As a freelance journalist, Pragya writes – ethical, literary, scientific- articles widely. Her writing on bias and prejudice, motherhood, gender and racial inequality and mental health has appeared in The Guardian, New Scientist, Scientific American, Independent, BMJ, Times Higher Education, Huffington Post, Prospect, Forbes, and many more.

Pragya has a mini podcast series ‘Outside the boxes’ examining how the labels and stereotypes affect us as a society, the science behind it, and what we can do about it. And, in 2020, she launched another mini-series ‘Wish We Knew What To Say’ to accompany her book of the same name. In six episodes, she speaks with parents of different ethnic backgrounds about their experiences and raising children with secure identities.

Pragya moved to the UK from India almost twenty years ago to study for a Masters at the University of York on a British Council Fellowship, and now lives in the North-West with her family. She is a proud Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Speech Topics
  • Diversity and Social Bias and unconscious, antiracism, social inclusion, power and privilege
  •  Panelist on Mental Health and Workplace issues
  •  How to talk to our children about race
  •  Parenting feminist children diversity and bias in social enterprise sector
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"What an insightful and thought-provoking talk and workshop on unconscious bias. Dr Agarwal makes the science so accessible, and gave our team so much clear advice and plenty of strategies to work with in the coming months."

"Pragya shared her fascinating story so eloquently and was really easy and fun to work with. Her raw and honest combination of vulnerability and strength is very appealing and it was such a pleasure to get to know her and learn from her during our conversation. I am in awe of how she's aligned her work with her core beliefs and values."

"Pragya is a great academic resource and a wonderful human being. I had a wonderful experience interviewing her and I strongly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an inspiring and knowledgeable speaker."

"I recently had the pleasure to interview Dr. Pragya Agarwal. She shared numerous personal examples and was very forthright, encouraging and genuine. It's clear that Pragya has a sincere interest in helping others, and I look forward to hearing what she has planned next."

"Pragya was a wonderful guest on my podcast. She shared so much insight and spoke so passionately about the link between creativity and mental health. It was such an interesting, uplifting and engaging conversation and would happily recommend her wisdom and heart to others. She is also such an advocate of her women and I am so glad to know her in my circle."

"Dr Pragya Agarwal was a fantastic Keynote Speaker at one of our STEM Women Events. She brings breadth and depth of knowledge, and her talk was instantly relatable and inspiring."

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