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Biography

Dr Andy Sumner is a Reader in International Development in the Department of International Development at King’s College London. He is 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 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.

Research

  • 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: first, in the analysis of global poverty and global inequality; second, 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 UN 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 UN International Panel on Climate Change, and a Lancet Poverty Commission, and he has been listed in US magazine Foreign Policy’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’, and in the Huffington Post’s ‘Most Influential Voices’.

Publications

For a full list of publications, please see Andy's research profile.

Teaching

(Undergraduate)

(Postgraduate)

PhD supervision

Andy supervises PhD students in the area of inequality dynamics and economic development in Southeast Asia.

  • Principal supervisor

Rahmitha Mitha, 'Subjective Wellbeing and Poverty in Indonesia' (2015- ) (with Jelke Boesten)

Kyunghoon Kim, 'Institutional Analysis of Modern State Capitalism in Indonesia' (2015- ) (with Peter Kingstone)

Diding Sakri, 'Economic Mobility in the Emerging Economy: The story of economic mobility from five waves of Indonesia Family Life Survey' (2016- )

Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez, 'Mind the Step: Well-being Dynamics in Middle-income Countries' (2016- ) (with Andres Mejia Acosta)

Yangki Suara, 'Educational Inequality in the Era of Educational Expansion: A Case Study of Indonesia' (2016- ) (with Ed Gomez)

Further details

Please see Andy's Research Staff Profile for further details.