Paul Ladd

Research Associate
Paul Ladd


Paul Ladd is a Research Associate at OPHI. He has been Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) since October 2015. Prior to this he was at UNDP where he led the team supporting consultations and technical inputs for the 2030 Development Agenda.

At UNDP he had also led UNDP’s policy team on ‘inclusive globalization’ – including trade, development finance, and migration – and on the MDGs. From 2008-2009, he provided support to the Office of the UN Secretary-General on the financial and economic crisis, and engagement with the G20.

Before moving to New York, Paul was a policy adviser on international development for the UK Treasury, including the period building up to and through the UK’s Chair of the G8 and European Union in 2005.

Previously he had been Chief Economist and acting Head of Policy with UK charity Christian Aid, the UK Department for International Development’s economic adviser for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, and a financial adviser in the Central Bank of Guyana.

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  • Education

    Paul received a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Quantitative Development Economics from the University of Warwick. In 2016 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Law (LLD), also by the University of Warwick.

  • Research Interests

    Poverty, inclusion, sustainable development, wellbeing and care economies.