Sakiko Fukuda-ParrWelcome to the website of Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.

I am Professor at The New School, in the International Affairs Program where I chair the Development Concentration. I do research, graduate level teaching, and am also involved in formal and informal advisory work with NGOs, think tanks, foundations, and international organizations.  From 1995 to 2004, I led the UNDP Human Development Reports.   Please go to the header tab for short bio and full cv.

My books (selected) include:

Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph) (OUP)

Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives (co-edited with Viviene Taylor) (UCT Press)

MDGs, Capabilities and Human Rights: The Power of Numbers to Shape Agendas (co-edited with Alicia Yamin) (Routledge

Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach: an Interdisciplinary Conversation (co-edited with Diane Elson and Polly Vizard) (Routledge)

The Gene Revolution: GM Crops and Unequal Development, (Earthscan)

Readings in Human Development (3rd ed. with A.K. Shivakumar) (OUP) 

I serve on the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, the  UN Committee on Development Policy as Vice Chair, The University of Oslo Panel on Global governance for Health, The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health, and the boards of the International Association for Feminist Economics,  Knowledge Ecology International, as well as several advisory panels for research projects.


September 2016: Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights received the 2016 award for the Best Book in Human Rights Scholarship from the American Political Science Association (APSA)

September 2016: Report of the UN SG’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines was released.

June 2016:

“Normative Framing of Development Cooperation: Japanese Bilateral Aid between the DAC and Southern Donors”, working paper coauthored with Hiroaki Shiga published by the JICA Research Institute.

March 2016:

Presentation to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on March 29th at the Arria-formula meeting on “Food Security and Peace.”  See report in What’s In Blue .

“From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals: shifts in purpose, concept, and politics of global goal setting for development” was published in the latest issue of Gender & Development.  The article can be accessed here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13552074.2016.1145895

December 2015:

Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives, co-edited with Viviene Taylor,  has just been released by University of Cape Town Press.  http://jutaacademic.co.za/products/food-security-in-south-africa-2  Despite having a model constitution that includes one of the strongest guarantees for the right to food, and an agricultural sector with expanding production, millions of South Africans – about half the households – are food insecure.  About a quarter of children are stunted, reflecting years of malnutrition while obesity is a growing health crisis.  What explains this gap between political commitment and the massive human rights failure?  The book explores multiple dimensions of obstacles that households face in accessing food.

September 2015:  Blog on the SDGs on Speri.Comment: the Political Economy Bloghttp://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2015/09/30/the-2030-agenda-and-the-sdgs-a-course-correction/

January 2015: Publication of Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights, (Oxford University Press) – this new book coauthored with Terra Lawson-Remer, and Susan Randolph proposes an innovative framework for measuring government performance in meeting economic and social rights obligations against what could be achieved with available state resources.  The authors argue that traditional human rights indicators capture individuals’ enjoyment of economic or social rights, but not state compliance with the duties to progressively respect, protect, and fulfill those rights.  Their new approach uses data from countries across the globe to set relative benchmarks against which to evaluate more comprehensively how states apply their resources to realize economic and social rights.  Their findings reveal striking differences in governments’ success in mobilizing public resources to deliver socioeconomic benefits. Their findings also raise questions about persistent obstacles to global fulfilment of economic and social rights despite unprecedented wealth production and technological breakthroughs over the last century. 


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(Header photos taken by students at the New School in the summer field program. Credits in order left-to-right: The Grace of Women by Timo Mueller; Paddy Fields in the Rain by Melissa Edwards; Assemblage by Brandon Fischer; and Night in Durbar Square by Tobia Neufeld)