• Global inequalities and poverty
  • Feminist economics
  • Decolonizing international affairs
  • Human rights and capabilities approach
  • Global health and pandemic governance
  • Political determinants of health
  • Governance by indicators
  • Access to medicine and innovation
  • Digital technologies and health equity


I am Professor of international Affairs at The New School in New York and formerly served as Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs. I currently co-direct The Collective for the Political Determinants of Health at the University of Oslo.

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.   From 1995 to 2004, I led the UNDP Human Development Reports. Since then, I have continued to serve on several 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, Knowledge Ecology International, amongst others. For a detailed list of publications and appointments, please see my CV. My book Fulfilling Economic and Social Rights  was awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order  (with T. Lawson-Remer and S. Randolph).

(Header photos were 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)