Personal profile



  • Trade Theory and Development

Country Experience:

Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Kosovo. Malawi, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda.




BA Economics and Mathematics, MA Economics, PhD Economics

Director, UN University (UNU Wider):

Prof Kunal Sen in the Director, United Nation University - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and Professor of Development Economics in the Global Development Institute, the University of Manchester, UK (on leave). He is also Research Fellow of IZA, Bonn.

Previously, he has been a member of faculty in the University of East Anglia in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, the Australian National University, and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in India.

His principal areas of research are political economy, macroeconomics, international trade, and the analysis of labour markets in developing countries.

While the principal region of his research is India, he also works on East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Research interests

While I retain a strong interest in comparative research and have several publications on East Asian and Sub-Saharan African economies, my research is primarily on the Indian economy. Current research is on the political economy determinants of inclusive growth, social exclusion and poverty, and the informal sector.  Recent past research has examined the causes of manufacturing dualism in India; state business relations in Africa and India; and the relationship between international trade, inequality and economic performance.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Member, ESRC Peer Review College


Council Member, European Association for South Asian Studies


Research Fellow, IZA Bonn


Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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