Andy Sumner is a Professor of International Development in the Department of International Development. He is also Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Challenges Strategic Research Network on Global Poverty and Inequality Dynamics.
He has twenty years’ international research experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published extensively, including ten books and fifty journal papers and book chapters. His most recent books are 'Global Poverty' (2016, Oxford University Press) and 'Development and Distribution' (2018, Oxford University Press).
He was appointed at King’s in 2012 and was a founding Co-Director of the King’s International Development Institute, which later became the Department of International Development. He is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and has also held various roles in academic networks, including as a Vice President of, and UK representative to, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) from 2008 to 2014, and as a Council Member of the Development Studies Association, UK and Ireland, from 2000 to 2014.
He holds associate positions at Oxford University; the Center for Global Development, Washington DC; the United Nations University, WIDER, Helsinki; and the Centre for Economics and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia.
- Poverty, inequality and 'inclusive growth' in middle-income developing countries
Andy's research is at the interface of international development studies and heterodox development economics. His area of expertise is poverty, inequality, and ‘inclusive growth’ in middle-income developing countries. He has pursued his research at two scales: 1) in the analysis of global poverty and global inequality; 2) in the analysis of poverty and inequality in the Southeast Asia region and Indonesia in particular.
He is well known for challenging prevailing assumptions about global poverty and theorising about the paradox of the persistence of global poverty alongside dramatic and sustained economic growth.
His research has been cited by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), by international development agencies such as the World Bank and United Nations agencies, and by media.
He has also been asked to contribute expertise to various policy-related processes, such as the Select Committees of the House of Commons, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and a Lancet Poverty Commission. He has been listed in US magazine Foreign Policy’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’, and in the Huffington Post’s ‘Most Influential Voices’.
Andy supervises PhD students in the area of inequality dynamics and economic development in Southeast Asia.
See Andy's research profile
Ortiz-Juarez, E., Sumner, A. & Hoy, C., Apr 2020, (WIDER Working Paper 2020/43). Research output: Working paper. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.35188/UNU-WIDER/
Robles Aguilar, G. & Sumner, A., 1 Feb 2020, In : WORLD DEVELOPMENT. 126, 104716. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.104716
Sumner, A. P., 2020 Research output: Book/Report - Book
Sumner, A. P., 2020, In : JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES. Research output: Contribution to journal - Editorial. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2019.1702162
Sumner, A. P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Palgrave Macmillan. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Sumner, A. P., 28 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Sumner, A., 19 Jul 2018, Oxford University Press. 218 p. Research output: Book/Report - Book. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198792369.001.0001
Sumner, A. & Wietzke, F-B., Mar 2018, In : PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS. 16, 1, p. 127-140 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592717003358
Edward, P. & Sumner, A., 2018, In : Third World Quarterly. 39, 3 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2017.1401461
Edward, P. & Sumner, A. P., 2018, Sustainable Development Goals and Income Inequality. Edward Elgar, p. 74 98 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter