Editorial Board

Professor Ann Florini
Dr Ian Goldin
Thomas Hale
Parag Khanna
Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi
Charles A. Kupchan
Kate Macdonald
Professor Anthony McGrew
Dr Eva-Maria Nag
Danny Quah
Professor Dani Rodrik
Antonio Savoia
Anmol Saxena
Dr Hackan Seckinelgin
Dr Jill Stuart
Andy Sumner
Professor Laurence Tubiana

Advisory Board

Professor Tim Besley
Professor Jagdish Bhagwati
Professor John Braithwaite
Professor Mick Cox
Professor Geoffrey Garrett
Professor Takatoshi Ito
Professor Mary Kaldor
Professor Inge Kaul
Professor Robert Keohane
Professor Sir David King
Andreas Klasen
Professor Julian Le Grand
Professor Sebastiano Maffettone
Professor John Ruggie
Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern
Professor Joseph Stiglitz
Vinod Tare
Professor Shang-Jin Wei
Professor Ngaire Woods
Professor Tianbiao Zhu

Practitioners' Board

Sanmit Ahuja
Mr Lakhdar Brahimi
Richard Burge
Augustin Carstens Carstens
Howard Davies
Mr Kemal Dervis
Bill Emmott
Pascal Lamy
Chris Miller
Alastair Newton
James Orbinski
Mr Romano Prodi
Mr Jean-Michel Severino
Javier Solana
Theo Sommer
George Soros
Mr Peter Sutherland
Professor Muhammad Yunus

Andy Sumner

Andy Sumner
King’s College London
Deputy Executive Editor Global Policy and co-director King’s International Development Institute
Deputy Executive Editor Global Policy
Co-director King’s International Development Institute



Andy Sumner is a Reader in International Development and Co-Director of the King’s International Development Institute at King’s College London.

His research focuses on poverty theory and concepts and the causes of poverty both at a global level and with reference to Southeast Asia and Indonesia in particular.

His work challenges the orthodox view that absolute poverty is necessarily minimal or ‘residual’ at higher levels of average per capita income; rather, poverty is the outcome of specific patterns of economic development and distribution.

In recent years his research has focused on the fact that about a billion people or three-quarters of the poor live in middle-income countries. This raises various questions about the causes of poverty, about distributional patterns of economic development and about the dominant country analytical categories themselves.

He holds associate positions at Oxford University at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC.

He was UK representative and Vice President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes between 2008 to 2014 and a council member of the Development Studies Association from 2000 to 2014.

He has been listed in Foreign Policy Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ and is Deputy Editor and an Editorial Board Member of Global Policy Journal.

Twitter @andypsumner