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Andy Sumner - Research Fellow


Andy Sumner has left IDS as a research fellow but is now an IDS associate. He is Co-Director of the King's International Development Institute at King's College London, a newly established institute that has a particular focus on the emerging economies.

Andy is an inter-disciplinary Development Economist with research interests in the fields of global poverty, economic development and inequality with reference to middle-income countries and emerging economies. His primary regional focus is Southeast Asia and Indonesia in particular.

He is a Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes and a council member of the Development Studies Association.

In 2011 he was listed in Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’.

His recent work on the ‘new bottom billion’ in middle-income countries has been covered recently by the Economist and Voice of America.

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New IDS research shows that the global poverty 'problem' is changing. There is a new 'bottom billion' of 960m poor people or 72 per cent of the world's poor who live not in poor countries but in middle-income countries (MICs).

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IDS has already conducted a qualitative analysis of the social impact of the crisis in five countries. This research project aims to use the results from a new round of qualitative research to inform detailed quantitative analysis of existing nationally representative quantitative surveys in two countries.

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The Evolving Composition of Poverty in Middle-Income Countries: The Case of Indonesia, 1991–2007

IDS Working Paper 409 (2012)

This paper discusses the evolution of education and health poverty in middle-income countries using the case of Indonesia. More details

The New Face of Poverty: How has the Composition of Poverty in Low Income and Lower Middle-Income Countries (excluding China) Changed since the 1990s?

IDS Working Paper 408 (2012)

To what extent do education, health and nutrition poverty rates differ by the spatial and social characteristics of households? And how has the composition of education, health and nutrition poverty changed since the 1990s in terms of the spatial and social characteristics of households? More details

Beyond Low and Middle Income Countries: What if There Were Five Clusters of Developing Countries?

IDS Working Paper 404 (2012)

The paper challenges the continuing use of income per capita to classify developing countries as low income or middle income now that most of the world's poor no longer live in low income countries (LICs) and ambiguity over the usefulness of the middle income country (MIC) classification given the diversity in the group of over 100 MICs. More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Where will the World’s Poor Live? Global Poverty Projections for 2020 and 2030

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 26 (2012)

A ‘double bottom billion’ or 80 per cent of the world’s $2 poor (2 billion people) live in middle income countries (MICs). More details

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MDGs 2.0: What Goals, Targets and Timeframe?

IDS Working Paper 398 (2012)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are widely cited as the primary yardstick against which advances in international development efforts are to be judged. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Aid; Poverty; Poverty Inequality and Wellbeing.

Geographic Expertise:
South East Asia.