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Department of Development Studies

Dr Andy Sumner

BA (Liverpool) MSc PhD (South Bank)



Andy Sumner is a cross-disciplinary Development Economist. His main research interests are in the fields of global poverty, growth and distribution, development aid, and research methods in development studies. His primary regional interest is in Southeast Asia.

He is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, and a research partner of the SOAS Centre for Development Policy and Research.

He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Global Development, Washington, DC and a Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes and a Council Member of the Development Studies Association.

He has published a number of books and articles, most recently in World Development and is co-editor of a Palgrave MacMillan book series.

He was Director of MA and PhD Teaching Programmes at IDS (2008–10) and has teaching interests in political economy of development, economic development in Southeast Asia and research methods in development studies.

In 2011 he was listed in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for his work on the changing distribution of global poverty towards middle-income countries and the ‘new bottom billion’. He has conducted advisory work for DFID and UNDP and is a member of UNICEF's Social and Economic Policy Advisory Group.

You can follow Andy on Twitter: @andypsumner


Authored Books

Tribe, M. and Nixson, F. and Sumner, A. (2010) Economics and Development Studies. London: Routledge.

Sumner, A. and Tiwari, M. (2009) After 2015: International Development Policy at a Crossroads. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Sumner, A. and Tribe, M. (2008) International Development Studies: Theory and Methods in Research and Practice. London: Sage.


Sumner, A. and Tiwari, M. (2011) 'Global Poverty Reduction to 2015 and Beyond.' Journal of Global Policy, 2 (2). pp. 138-151.

Sumner, A. and Tribe, M. (2011) 'Morals, Ethics and Economics: The Case for Aid in Fiscally Constrained Times.' Journal of International Development, 23 (6). pp. 782-801.

Sumner, A. (2011) 'The Global Economic Crisis and Beyond: What Possible Future(s) for Development Studies?' European Journal of Development Research, 23 (1). pp. 43-58.

Sumner, A. (2011) 'Where do the Poor Live?' World Development . (In Press)

Sumner, A. (2010) 'Child poverty, well-being and agency: What does a ‘3-D well-being’ approach contribute?' Journal of International Development, 22 (8). pp. 1064-1075.

Jones, N. and Sumner, A. (2008) 'Does Mixed Methods Research Matter to Understanding Childhood Well-being?' Social Indicators Research, 90 (1). pp. 33-50.

Sumner, A. and Tribe, M. (2008) 'Development Studies and Cross-Disciplinarity.' Journal of International Development, 20 (6). pp. 751-767.

Sumner, A. (2007) 'Meaning Versus Measurement: Why do ‘Economic’ Indicators of Poverty Still Predominate?' Development in Practice, 17 (1). pp. 4-13.

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