Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity


global poverty and inequality, inclusive growth, structural transformation, the future of foreign aid, Southeast Asia


Andy Sumner is a Professor 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.

His research focuses on issues of inequality and economic development in middle-income developing countries and Southeast Asia in particular.

He has twenty years’ international research experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published extensively, including 12 books and 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 Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC and at UNU-WIDER; and a Visiting Fellow Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia and a Research Associate of the Department of International Development, University of Oxford.

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