Andy Sumner

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Andy Sumner is a Professor of International Development at King’s College London. He is also Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Challenges Strategic Research Network on Global Poverty and Inequality Dynamics.

His research focuses on economic development and distribution dynamics, in middle-income developing countries and Southeast Asia in particular. Andy has twenty years’ international research experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published extensively, including twelve books and some fifty journal papers and book chapters.

He was appointed at King’s in 2012 and was co-founder 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 the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) from 2008–14, and as a Council Member of the Development Studies Association, UK and Ireland, from 2000–14.

He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of UNU-WIDER and he also holds associate positions at the University of Oxford, the Center for Global Development, Washington DC, and at Padjadjaran University, Indonesia.

Professor Sumner is currently involved in managing and co-ordinating work in the UNU-WIDER project The developer's dilemma, which explores the relationship between structural transformation, inequality, and inclusive growth to deepen our understanding of the possibilities of the different roads to structural transformation and how each pathway shapes development.