Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino appointed as Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) appoints Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino as Deputy Director on 1 August 2022.

In her new role, Patricia Justino will support UNU-WIDER Director Kunal Sen in providing leadership to the institute’s researchers and building stronger networks with donors and other stakeholders.

‘During her time at UNU-WIDER, Patricia Justino has contributed to our mission in many ways, by providing leadership to our country programme in Mozambique, by initiating major research projects on institutional legacies of violent conflict, and on the role of trust in unstable democracies. She also had a leading role in putting together a high-profile WIDER Development Conference on conflict and peacebuilding earlier this year’, Kunal Sen highlights.

‘I'm pleased to welcome Professor Justino to her new leadership role at UNU-WIDER, the oldest institute in the United Nations University system that, over the decades, has grown into one of the UN’s foremost research teams. Patricia Justino’s expertise on conflict and governance in developing countries has already contributed greatly to UNU’s mission, and her passion for solving pressing global issues will continue to help UNU-WIDER promote sustainable and equitable development for all’, says United Nations University Rector David Malone.

Leading expert on linkages between political violence, trust, and development
Patricia Justino and Kunal Sen

Patricia Justino is a development economist working at the interface of development economics and political science. She is a leading expert on the linkages between political violence and development, and the co-founder of the Households in Conflict Network.

She holds a MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Economics from the University of London. She has held visiting positions at Harvard University and the European University Institute, among others.

Before this appointment, Patricia was a Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER for three years (2019-2022). She is also a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in UK. Her research has been published in leading international journals, and she has held several advisory positions in major international organizations, including DFID, FAO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UN Women, and the World Bank.

'I am excited to take up this position. UNU-WIDER is a unique actor operating in the crossroads of high-quality science, Global South policymaking, and the UN fora. As someone who is highly motivated to change the world, I look forward to supporting the institute to deliver its mission the best I can', Patricia Justino emphasizes.