I am Professor of international affairs at The New School in New York, and serve as Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs. I am interested in the political economy of international development and the power of ideas and discourses in shifting policy approaches. My recent research focuses on the politics of SDGs and their indicators. I also direct Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health based at the University of Oslo where I am Visiting Professor at the Centre for Development and Environment (SUM). From 1995 to 2004, I led the UNDP Human Development Reports. Since then, I have continued to serve on a number of boards, global committees and NGO networks advocating for human rights and inclusive development, including UN Committee on Development Policy, UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines and Innovation, International Association for Feminist Economics, Knowledge Ecology International, amongst others. For a detailed list of publications and appointments, please see my CV.
In 2019, I was awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph for our book “Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights.”
(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)