Job Title: Research Associate

Contact Details: King’s International Development Institute, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Twitter: @andypsumner


Andy Sumner is a Reader in International Development and Co-Director of King’s International Development Institute, 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, the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, the Centre for Economic and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia and a Fellow of the RSA.

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 an editorial board member of the European Journal of Development Research, the Journal of International Development and Global Policy. He is also Deputy Executive Editor of Global Policy and book series co-editor for Palgrave MacMillan’s Rethinking International Development.


London South Bank University, Department of Social Policy, PhD in Development Studies, 1998–2002

London South Bank University, Department of Social Policy, MSc in Development Studies, 1997–1998

Liverpool John Moores University, BA Hons in Economics, 1991–1994

Selected publications

Alkire, S., Roche, J. M., Seth, S., and Sumner, A. (2014). ‘Identifying the Poorest People and Groups: Strategies Using the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index’, OPHI Working Paper 78, OPHI: University of Oxford.

Alkire, S. and Sumner, A. (2013). ‘Multidimensional Poverty and the Post-2015 MDGs’, Development, 2013, 56(1), pp. 46-51.

Alkire, S., Roche, J., Seth, S., and Sumner, A. (2013). ‘Where do the World’s Multidimensionally Poor People Live?’, OPHI Working Paper 61, OPHI: University of Oxford.