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Andy Sumner

Visiting Fellow

global poverty, economic development and inequality with reference to middle-income countries and emerging economies


MSc, PhD, London SB University


Andy Sumner is co-director of the King’s International Development Institute at King’s College London, a new institute focusing on the emerging economies.

He is an interdisciplinary development economist with research interests in the structural causes of poverty and the interaction of economic growth, structural change and income distribution.

His research covers global poverty and Southeast Asia, specifically, Indonesia.

Before taking his position at King’s college, he was a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

He holds an associate position at Oxford University at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC.

He is a vice president of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes and a council member of the Development Studies Association.

He was listed in Foreign Policy Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ and writes a regular column for Global Policy.

You can follow him on Twitter @andypsumner

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