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Dr Ingrid Kvangraven



Ingrid holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research 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. She is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York. 

Ingrid is also associate editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, founding editor of the blog Developing Economics, co-founder and advisory board member of Rethinking Economics – Norway, founder and executive board member of Diversifing and Decolonising Economics and on the editorial board of Third World Thematics.

For more details and updates on her research please see her personal webpage or follow her on Twitter.

Areas of Interest
International Finance, Financial Inclusion, International Trade, History of Economic Thought, History of Development Thought, Dependency Theory, Classical Political Economy, Heterodox Economics, Political Economy of Development, International Organizations, Institutional Economics, Discrimination in Economics



Ingrid'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).



Ingrid co-teaches the second-year course Politics of Development. Before coming to the University of York, she taught Alternative Approaches to Economic Development (first-year course), Economic Development and Crime (second-year course), and International Organizations and the Political Economy of Development (third-year course).

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Contact details

Ingrid Kvangraven
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323550

Feedback and Guidance hours, Online appointments (Summer term) - Thursdays 11:00-12:00 & Fridays 13:30-14:30