John Sender


John Sender is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Earlier appointments include: Director of the African Studies Centre, University of Cambridge; Visiting Professor of Political Economy, Witwatersrand University; Senior Research Fellow, African Studies Centre, Leiden. He has acted as an advisor to, among others: United Nations FAO and IFAD (Rome), UNRISD and ILO (Geneva), UNIDO (Vienna) and UNDP (Vietnam); World Bank (Washington); Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa); Federal Governments of Nigeria and Ethiopia; the Republic of South Africa, including two of Mandela’s Presidential Commissions, as well as the Republic’s Department of Trade and Industry.

He has published several books since 1980 as well as articles in academic journals. Recent publications include: ‘Backward capitalism in rural South Africa: prospects for accelerating accumulation in the Eastern Cape’, Journal of Agrarian Change, April 2015; ‘Fairtrade and Labour Markets in Ethiopia and Uganda’, The Journal of Development Studies, 53: 6, 2017 (with C. Cramer and others); ‘Identifying the most deprived in rural Ethiopia and Uganda: a simple measure of socio-economic deprivation’, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 12:3, 2018, (with C. Cramer); ‘Vella Pillay: Revolutionary Activism and Economic Policy Analysis.’ Journal of Southern African Studies 44, no. 1, 2018 (with Vishnu Padyachee); ‘A Bias to the Poorest: what do we know about the poorest Ethiopians and how policy affects them?’, and ‘Policy, Political Economy, and Performance in Ethiopia’s Coffee Sector’, Chapters 18 and 15 in  Fantu Cheru, Christopher Cramer, & Arkebe Oqubay (eds) Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy, Oxford University Press, 2019; African economic development: evidence, theory, policy, Oxford University Press, 2020 (with C. Cramer and A. Oqubay).

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