Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven
Lecturer in International Development, Department of Politics
Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven is a Lecturer in International Developments in the Department of Politics and is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on global trade and finance, the history of economic thought, and the political economy of development.
She holds a PhD in Economics from the New School and BA and MSc degrees in Development Studies from the University of Oslo and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), respectively. She has previously taught Development Economics courses at The New School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
Kvangraven’s research can be roughly divided into three main categories, namely the role of finance in development, structural features of underdevelopment, and an assessment of policy recommendations by international organizations. She has approached the role of finance in several ways, for example through critical assessments of the role financial inclusion in development (most recently in Development and Change), and through articles and reports on the role of sovereign debt in economic development (for example in the Review of Development Economics).
With regards to structural features of underdevelopment, she is interested in unpacking the debates about dependency theory, ultimately to investigate its usefulness in order to understand processes of economic and human development. In 2017 she co-edited the volume Dialogues on Development: Dependency which explores different perspectives on the relevance of dependency theory. She has also done work that investigates the extent to which a classical political economy approach to international trade can help explain persistent trade deficits in an African context.
Finally, she assesses the economic policies of international organizations in a variety of ways, for example in this piece for Policy in Focus (2017) on electronic payments (with Paulo dos Santos) and in her investigation on the usefulness of global development goals (with Sanjay Reddy).
Kvangraven is also founding editor of the blog Developing Economics, founding coordinator of INET’s Young Scholars Initiative’s Economic Development Working Group, and co-founder and advisory board member of Rethinking Economics – Norway.