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Director of UNU-WIDER

Professor Kunal Sen has over three decades of experience in academic and applied development economics research. He is the author of eight books and the editor of five volumes on the economics and political economy of development. From 2019 he is the Director of UNU-WIDER, and he is a professor of development economics at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.

Professor Sen is a leading international expert on the political economy of growth and development. He has performed extensive research on international finance, the political economy determinants of inclusive growth, the dynamics of poverty, social exclusion, female labour force participation, and the informal sector in developing economies. His research has focused on India, East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.


Le professeur Kunal Sen a plus de trois décennies d'expérience dans la recherche académique et appliquée en économie du développement. Il est l'auteur de huit livres et l'éditeur de cinq volumes sur l'économie et l'économie politique du développement. Depuis 2019, il est directeur de l'UNU-WIDER et professeur d'économie du développement au Global Development Institute de l'Université de Manchester.

Le professeur Sen est un expert international de premier plan en économie politique de la croissance et du développement. Il a effectué des recherches approfondies sur la finance internationale, les déterminants de la croissance inclusive de l'économie politique, la dynamique de la pauvreté, l'exclusion sociale, la participation des femmes au marché du travail et le secteur informel dans les économies en développement. Ses recherches ont porté sur l’Inde, l’Asie de l’Est et l’Afrique subsaharienne.


El profesor Kunal Sen tiene más de tres décadas de experiencia en investigación académica y en economía del desarrollo aplicado. Es autor de ocho libros y editor de cinco volúmenes sobre economía y economía política del desarrollo. Desde 2019 es el director de UNU-WIDER, y es profesor de economía del desarrollo en el Instituto de Desarrollo Global de la Universidad de Manchester.

El profesor Sen es un destacado experto internacional en la economía política del crecimiento y el desarrollo. Ha realizado una extensa investigación sobre las finanzas internacionales, los determinantes de la economía política del crecimiento inclusivo, la dinámica de la pobreza, la exclusión social, la participación femenina en la fuerza laboral y el sector informal en las economías en desarrollo. Su investigación se ha centrado en India, Asia Oriental y África subsahariana.

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