Pragya Agarwal

Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, Founding Director of The 50 Percent Foundation & Bestselling Author of SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias

  • Named one of the 100 Influential Women in the Non-Profit Social Enterprise Sector
  • Named on the High and Mighty List, making a difference in the India-UK corridor
  • Former Lecturer in GIScience at UCL, Associate Professor in Spaces and Places for Lancaster University, Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University and Senior Researcher for the University of Liverpool
  • Behavioural & Data Scientist
  • Consultant on Inclusive Workplaces, Reproductive Justice and Unconscious Bias

Discover Pragya Agarwal’s biography of published work below.

Sway Pragya Agarwal
SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias
Motherhood Pragya Agarwal
(M)otherhood: On The Choices Of Being A Woman
Wish We Knew What To Say Pragya
Wish We Knew What To Say: Talking With Children About Race
Hysterical Pragya
Hysterical: Exploding The Myth Of Gendered Emotions

When Pragya Agarwal is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Racial Equality
Gender Inclusion
Women Leadership
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Women In STEM
Mental Health
Workplace Issues
Bias & Unconscious Bias

Professor Pragya Agarwal is a renowned data and behavioural scientist who specialises in the study of unconscious bias, anti-racism and inclusion. Currently working as a Visiting Professor of Social Injustice and Inequalities at Loughborough University, Pragya is on a mission to make the world as diverse, inclusive and equal as possible for all. If you are looking for an engaging speech on racial equality, gender inclusion, women’s leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, look no further than Professor Pragya Agarwal.

After completing a PhD in GIS and Spatial Cognition at the University of Nottingham, Pragya was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the School of Computing, University of Leeds. Diving into her career in academia, Pragya then went on to become a Lecturer in GIScience at University College London and then Associate Professor in Space and Places at Lancaster University. Pragya has also committed her time to working as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a Senior Researcher at the University of Liverpool. Finding a passion for diversity, inclusion and equity, Pragya became the Founder of The 50 Percent Foundation in 2018 – a think-tank committed to examining the status and role of women around the world, inclusive placemaking and creating safe spaces for women.

A talented writer, Pragya has also been a contributing writer for Times Higher Education, Forbes, The Guardian and The Independent. She has also been the host of the Outside the Boxes podcast and been a Business Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, along with working as an expert on BBC Radio 4 The Spark, The Flipside with Paris Lees and Darren Brown’s Bootcamp for the Brain. Dedicated to spreading messages about equality, Pragya is the bestselling author of SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, (M)otherhood: On The Choices Of Being A Woman, Wish We Knew What To Say: Talking With Children About Race and Hysterical: Exploding The Myth Of Gendered Emotions. In her books, Pragya details her thoughts and research on topical subjects such as stereotypes, reproductive justice, racism and unconscious bias. Selected as a Creative Thinker for Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research by NESTA, it comes without surprise that Pragya is a highly sought-after expert on DE&I.

Named as one of the 100 Influential Women in the Non-Profit Social Enterprise Sector and one of 50 people on the High and Mighty List Making a Difference in the India – UK Corridor, Pragya is now a popular choice as a diversity and inclusion speaker for corporate events. With previous speaking engagements for the likes of AstraZeneca, Unesco, United Nations, Unicef, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Shell, The Guardian, the NHS and the Environment Agency, Pragya also had the honour of curating and organising the TEDxFormbyPointWomen, delivering the TEDx talk How To Develop A Creative Habit. Invited to deliver keynote speeches around the globe, Pragya has also appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour, Sky News, BBC Breakfast, NPR and the Australian Broadcasting Service. If you are looking for a speaker who will inspire conversations surrounding bias, anti-racism, power, privilege and social inclusion, hire Professor Pragya Agarwal for diversity and inclusion-themed events today.

Official Testimonials

Pragya Agarwal is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Her words illuminate the hidden patterns of bias and therefore injustice that impact us”

Layla Saad

“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.”

“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.”

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