SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Greta Seibel

PhD in Economic History (LSE) MSc in Political Economy of Late Development (LSE) BA in European Studies (Maastricht University)
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Greta Seibel
Department of Development Studies

Teaching Fellow

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

Tutor, Project Planning and Management

Dr Greta Seibel
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings


Dr Greta Seibel is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Development Policy and the Programme Convenor of the MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, SOAS, University of London. She has also been teaching at the Department of Development Studies and Department of Economics at SOAS. In her previous capacity as a Junior Expert for the South Asia Regional Office of the German NGO Welthungerhilfe Greta used a rights-based approach towards achieving food security with community providers, working towards strengthening decentralisation and improving accountability at the local and international levels.

Greta has recently completed her PhD in Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In her doctoral research she explored the missing middle in Indonesian firm-size distribution and credit gap during the New Order period and the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis (1966-2006). Her wider research interests include industrial policies, state-led development and the Asian growth miracle. She holds a MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University.


Main research interests: SME development, industrial policy, Tiger economies, state-led development, private sector development and economic transformation.

- Region / country specialisms
Indonesia, Southeast Asia, East Asia

- Second languages
German, Dutch, French, Indonesian

Research papers in progress:
‘A New Order of the Indonesia Business Landscape? Finding and Understanding the Missing Middle, 1966-1998’
‘Bridging the Gap towards Financial Inclusion of the Middle? Evidence from Indonesia, 1966-2006’
‘Indonesian Regional Development under Suharto: Growing Socio-Economic Disparities, 1996-2006’