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. Please go to the header tab for short bio and full cv.
My books (selected) include:
Millennium Development Goals: Ideas, Interets and Influence (2017 Routledge)
Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph) (2016 OUP)
Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives (co-edited with Viviene Taylor) (2015 UCT Press)
MDGs, Capabilities and Human Rights: The Power of Numbers to Shape Agendas (co-edited with Alicia Yamin) (2015 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)
I serve on the UN Committee on Development Policy as Vice Chair, The University of Oslo Panel on Global governance for Health, and the boards of the International Association for Feminist Economics, Knowledge Ecology International. I was member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health.
Expected January 2019: publication of Knowledge and Politics in Setting and Measuring SDGs, Special Issue of Global Policy Journal.
December 4, 2018: Announced co-winner of 2019 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (OUP 2016).
November 2-3, 2018: Conference on Political Origins of Health Inequities and Universal Health Coverage, first annual conference of Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, held in Oslo.
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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)