We are hiring 30 (!) Chancellor Fellows in Data Sciences

Calling on all data scientists & critical scholars working on how statistics, data, big data and logarithms change production of knowledge and decision making. University of Edinburgh is  are appointing up to 30 (!) tenure track Chancellor Fellows. The fellow will be hosted or be associated with the Edinburgh Future Institute.

The call is here. I am contact person for people preparing applications that contribute to public policy, and among those areas, global development and global governance.

Now when you read this call you might be struck by that it is quite business and solution directed. This does in part reflect the interest of the public money that is vested in making Edinburgh University  a hub for data science. I am hoping we get more social science and problem oriented scholars, and so there is room for critical thinking, as well as questioning some of the language in the call.

However for the overall success of the application I think it might be smart to think of credible ways of arguing how your research will connect to a wider group working in the big space sometimes called data science – and also how you might interact with business (‘innovations’) or ‘the third sector’ (civil society, or the non-profit non government sector) The case for the fellowship scheme was written up by business school people so there is a bit of lingo in there that you might want to dissect and put in your own words (like what do you understand by ‘govtech’) and so forth.

Hope that helps a bit. Write something that is exciting and that I will like, and then provide me with some good arguments to win the business people over.

Get in touch if you have more questions.

Applications are due by 5pm on March 12.

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“Wealth and Poverty of African States” Seminar in Cambridge 30 Jan

I just started my position as Chair of Africa and International Development at Edinburgh University, and my first trip out of town will suitably be to Cambridge, where my former thesis supervisor, Gareth Austin, recently have been appointed professor of Economic History. I am giving the first seminar in the recently started seminar series in African Economic History. The seminar series is convened by Gareth Austin and Bronwen Everill. My presentation has the same title as my forthcoming book with the same title (to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019).

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African Economic History Network Meetings

Just returned from the African Economic History Meetings in Network in Stellenbosch. You can see the full program here.  A lot of high quality papers and lots of promising work in progress from PhD Students. The African Economic History discipline continues to buzz with excitement. I made a presentation based on my forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press: The Wealth and Poverty of African States. Economic growth, living standards and taxation in African states since the late 19th Century. It was also decided that the next years meeting will be in Bologna, Italy – organized by Karin Pallaver.


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Global Health Seminar, Copenhagen 22 June 2017, 12:30-14:00

Speaking on statistics and health in Copenhagen 22 June 2017  12:30-14:00



Download the flyer here.

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Public talk: ‘What Economists Get Wrong about Africa’ @AU_SIS March 29

I am visiting the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC this week, and I give a public lecture hosted by the Global Environmental Politics program. It takes place on Wednesday, March 29 at 3:30 RVSP to gep@american.edu if you are interested in attending.

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Get the book here, and read about it here, here and here.

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Guest Lecture ‘Why Economists Got Africa Wrong’ @LauderInstitute April 11

Looking forward to giving a guest lecture on why economists get Africa wrong at the Lauder Institute on April 11. The event is hosted and arranged by Ronald J. Granieri and Keren Weitzberg. See the full flyer here.


Get the book here, and read about it here, here and here.

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Ruling the World by Numbers: streaming lectures online

For those who want to follow the lectures in my course “Ruling the world by numbers” online, the lectures will stream live here from 12:15 till 14:00. The lectures run every monday from 12:15 to 14:00 as per the schedule below. I will also post the lecture slides online. You can ask questions and provide comments to the lecture mentioning my twitter handle or by using #worldbynumbers in your tweet.

The live stream will be available here. Tune in at 12:15 CET. Or use the same link to access the recorded lecture.

06.02.2017 1. Ruling the world by numbers: introduction
13.02.2017 2. States and statistics: Why do states count?
20.02.2017 3. Auditing the world: The IMF
27.02.2017 4. Counting the poor: The World Bank
06.03.2017 5. A world that counts: from millennium development goals (MDGs) to sustainable development goals (SDGs)
13.03.2017 6. Poor Numbers? Statistical capacity in low income countries
20.03.2017 7. Governance matters: democracy by numbers
27.03.2017 8. Correlates of war: Studying war and peace by numbers
03.04.2017 9. Evidence based policy : Knowledge and governance requirements
11.04.2017 Easter BREAK
18.04.2017 Easter BREAK
25.04.2017 10. Contesting poor numbers: qualitative and quantitative research.
08.05.2017 11. Conclusion

Lecture slides from lecture 1 here.

Lecture slides from lecture 2 here.

Lecture slides from lecture 3 here.

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Ruling the World by Numbers: Preliminary Syllabus – Comments Welcome

Here’s the preliminary version of the syllabus. Comments welcome. We also have the facilities to stream the lectures live if there are people who wants to audit the course. Let me know.lectures

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Ruling the world by numbers: knowledge and politics in international development

I am teaching a new course next spring – I call it ‘Ruling the world by numbers’. The subtitle is ‘Knowledge and politics in international development’. Here’s the syllabus.

The idea is that I will be writing a book on the same title while teaching the course. Gaute Simensen, who just joined our department, and who is writing a PhD on a similar theme will be helping me with the course.

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Discussing ‘Poor Numbers’ with Bill Easterly


You can follow the facebook chat here. The chat formally launches the paper: ‘Development By Numbers: A primer‘ (short version here) and we will of course also touch upon issues discussed in my books on the subject.

See you in the FB chat, and you can also catch up on my research in the podcasts with Owen Barder at Development Drums or Russel Roberts on Econtalk.

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