Module Members

Module Coordinators:

Sabyasachi Kar is Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, India, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has written a number of books and academic articles on macroeconomics, growth and development economics, with particular focus on the Indian economy.  He is currently associated with the ESID growth consortium based at the University of Manchester, UK, working on an extensive cross country study of political and economic institutions and their relationship with economic growth. In the past, he has worked extensively for the Perspective Planning Division of the Indian Planning Commission, and provided them inputs for the successive five-year plans. He has also worked on projects sponsored by the World Bank, the Global Development Network (GDN), the European Commission and the DFID, UK.

Oliver Kessler is Professor of International Relations and since 2013, the vice-dean for internationalization and training at the State School of the University of Erfurt. He teaches courses on the Political Consequences of the Financial Crisis, New literature in the field of International Relations, Constructivism in International Relations, Introduction to International Relations, Development and transformation of the modern state system, and the Project of Modernity and Practices of World Politics. His research focuses on Constructivist Theories of International Relations and their further development as well as on the interdisciplinary fields of the International Political Economy, Policy of risk, Policy of international law. He served as Professor of History and Theory of International Relations at the University of Groningen (NL) (2011-2012), and Professor (representative) for International Political Theory at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at LMU Munich (2009-2010).

Sebastian Vollmer is Professor of Development Economics at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Göttingen. In Göttingen he teaches courses in the Bachelor’s programme in Economics, the Two-Subject Bachelor’s Programme in Economics, as well as in the Master’s programmes in International Economics and Development Economics. His research foci are in the fields of equity and growth as well as public health. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Economics at the University of Göttingen, Sebastian Vollmer received his doctoral degree in Development Economics also in Göttingen. He then joined the Institute of Macroeconomics, University of Hanover, and as research fellow for two years at the Harvard University shortly afterwards. Professor Vollmer has also worked for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme and taught at the Dartmouth College. He is Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.


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Amrita Dhillon is Professor of Political Economy and the Research Group leader for Quantitative Political Economy at the department of Political Economy, Kings College, London. Her research interests include a variety of applications of political economy, including voting games, where she deals with voter turnout and strategic voting, formation of political parties, protest movements, etc., to sovereign debt and politics. In addition, she has expertise in theoretical modeling in the field of public economics, game theory and development economics. She also teaches a postgraduate course in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy. Professor Dhillon holds a PhD from the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook. Before joining Kings College, she served University of Warwick as a lecturer, reader and a professor.

Axel Dreher is  Professor of Economics and the Chair of International and Development Politics, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Mannheim, Germany, supervised by Prof. Roland Vaubel. Earlier, he was Professor of Economics and Chair of Development Economics and International Economics, at the Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany. He has worked at a number of institutes including KOF Swiss Economic Institute in Switzerland, University of Konstanz in Germany,  Thurgau Institute of Economics in Switzerland, University of Exeter in UK and the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Kunal Sen is Professor of Development Economics at the Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester, UK.  He is also the Joint Research Director of the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre and a Research Fellow of IZA, Bonn, Germany. His teaching focuses on trade theory and development.  He specialises in the field of political economy, international trade, finance, poverty and economic growth; his research  primarily focuses on the Indian economy. He takes strong interest in comparative research and have several publications on East Asian and Sub-Saharan African economies. Currently he is engaged in projects 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. Professor Sen received his Ph.D from Rutgers University, U.S.A.

Manoj Panda is the Director of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi since November 2012. His research areas span monitoring and analysis of macroeconomic trends and prospects, development of computable general equilibrium (CGE) models and applications to analysis of alternative trade and fiscal policy options, construction of Social Accounting Matrices (SAM), measurement issues in poverty and human development, linkages between macroeconomic policy and poverty reduction, and interaction of carbon emission with economic growth and its pattern. Professor Panda holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute and has spent a year at the Yale University, USA on a post-doctoral fellowship (1996-97). He has earlier served as Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad (2008-2012), as Professor and Associate Professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai (1992-2012) and as Economist and Senior Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi (1982-92). He has undertaken short term assignments for several international organizations including the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, FAO, UNESCAP, IFPRI, MacArthur Foundation and Carnegie Endowment.

Saibal Kar is Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Calcutta University. He teaches Development Economics, Labour Economics, International Trade and Development. His research foci are Labour Economics, International Economics, Public Economics, and Applied Microeconomics. He received his M.Sc. (Master of Science) Degree in Economics from Calcutta University, India, and his doctoral degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University, USA. Before joining Calcutta University, he was in  Faculty of Economics, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India. He has been Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany since 2010. As a visiting Professor, he has taught in institutes like Indian Institute of Management, Indore and International Management Institute, Kolkata. As a  guest professor he has been in the Economics Department, Presidency University, Kolkata since 2014.

Sanjay Kumar is Professor and currently the Director at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, India. He is also the Co-Director of Lokniti, a Research Programme of the CSDS. His core areas of research are Electoral politics, Indian Democracy, Voting Behaviour and Survey Research. By using survey method as a research tool, he has also been engaged in survey based studies on Indian Youth, State of Democracy in South Asia, State of Slums of Delhi, State of Indian Farmers and Issues of Electoral Violence. He is an expert in Survey Research and has directed various National and State level studies conducted by the CSDS, which includes, the National Election Studies, (NES) 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014, various round of bi-annual ‘State of the Nation Survey’ and various State level studies. He obtained his B.A., M.A., and M. Phil in Political Science from Delhi University. He was trained in Survey Research Technique at a Special Training course on “Survey Research Techniques”, at Survey Research Center, University of Michigan, USA. He also holds a P.G. Diploma in Journalism from Sardar Patel College of Communication & Management, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan New Delhi.

Stephan Klasen is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Göttingen. He is also the director of the Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research and the Coordinator of the Courant Research Center ‘Poverty, equity, and growth in developing and transition countries. He teaches development economics, macro economics, welfare  economics, economics of gender, econometrics, and economic growth. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University under the supervision of Amartya Sen, Juliet Schor and Jeffrey Williamson. His research focuses mostly on issues of poverty, inequality, environment, and gender. He has held positions at the World Bank, King’s College (Cambridge, UK) and the University of Munich. He is a member of the UN Committee on Development Policy, the European Development Research Network, and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the 5th Assessment Report.

Sunila Kale an Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, where she also serves as Chair and Director of the South Asian Studies Center and Program. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the Political Science department, faculty associate in the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the Center for Environmental Politics, and an affiliate faculty member in the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID). At University of Washington, she teaches undergraduate courses on Capitalism: Past and Present, Contemporary India and Pakistan, Government and Politics of South Asia, Political Economy of Development, Political Economy of India. She teaches graduate students the Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia II and Political Economy of Development.  Dr Kale’s primary area of research is the politics of infrastructure in India, specifically energy and electricity. She received her B.A. (Political Science) from University of Chicago and Ph.D. from University of Texas, Austin.