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SEI and SweDev dialogue with Stefan Dercon on Gambling on Development

SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team and the Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) are proud to present Professor Stefan Dercon as the keynote speaker for the dialogues on development research, held in close connection to the UN high-level meeting Stockholm+50.

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8 June 2022 at 13:00 CEST

ending at 14:00 CEST

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New book: Gambling on Development

Stefan Dercon is a Professor of Economic Policy and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. His latest book “Gambling on Development: Why some countries win and others lose”, published by Hurst Publishers, will be discussed during this dialogue.

The book draws on his academic research and his policy experience across three decades and 40-odd countries, exploring why some countries have managed to settle on elite bargains favouring growth and development and others did not.

Agenda 8 June

13.00 Welcome remarks

  • Janet Vähämäki, Director of SweDev and Development and Aid Policy team leader at SEI

13.05 Introduction

  • George Marbuah, Research Fellow, SEI

13.10 Keynote: Gambling on Development: Why some countries win and others lose

  • Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy; Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford

13.40 Audience questions to the keynote speaker, moderated by

  • George Marbuah, Research Fellow, SEI
  • Ylva Rylander, Communications Officer, SEI for SweDev

13.55 Concluding remarks


This dialogue is part of SEI’s and SweDev’s dialogue series on development research. There will be an opportunity to pose questions to the keynote speaker during the event.

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About Stefan Dercon

Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Professor Dercon combines his academic career with work as a policy advisor, providing strategic economic and development advice, and promoting the use of evidence in decision making.

Between 2011 and 2017, he was Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the government department in charge with the UK’s aid policy and spending. Since 2020, he has been the Development Policy Advisor to successive Foreign Secretaries at the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

SEI participants

Janet Vähämäki
Janet Vähämäki

Team Leader: Development Policy and Finance

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Ylva Rylander
Ylva Rylander

Communications and Impact Officer


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Molly Burd
Molly Burd

Communications Project Manager


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Dialogues on development research

The dialogue series on development research is organized by the Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) and SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team.

The aim of the dialogues on development research is to spread findings of development research by creating a learning space where researchers can share their work in an informal and easily accessed setting. The dialogue series are targeting researchers, practitioners and policymakers within the development research area.

SEI's and SweDev's dialogues on development research

Graphics: SEI / SweDev.

Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev)

The Swedish Development Research Network is a member-based network. SweDev aims to connect development researchers across Sweden to strengthen collaboration within the research community and to increase interaction between development researchers and practitioners. SweDev seeks to support the use of research-based knowledge for efficient policymaking and practice among actors working for the 2030 Agenda.

SweDev is generously funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and led by a steering committee consisting of representatives from Swedish academic institutions.

Join SweDev as a member. Learn more about SweDev @SweDevNetwork.

SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team

The Development and Aid Policy Team at SEI perform research on topics related to human development and environment. The team conducts research from local to global scale, providing state of the art interdisciplinary research, analysis and training to inform policy and practice at the nexus of environment and development research and policy.

Working with partners around the world, the team aims to support more equitable and sustainable development through demand driven and solution-oriented research and decision support.

Learn more about SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team.

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