Chair of Africa &
University of Edinburgh
Professor in Development Studies,
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Visiting Professor in Economic History, Lund University
B.Sc. (Budapest), M.Sc., Ph.D. (LSE)
Morten Jerven is an economic
historian, with a PhD from the
London School of Economics [read more]
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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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.
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 … Continue reading
In “Big Questions for Big Data and what it can do for African Economic Development” I wrote about some of the basic knowledge problems that remain in development statistics, and concluded that, as of yet, Big Data does not seem … Continue reading
The debate on whether IMF has any blame for Ebola has been frustrating, even infuriating. It is going to continue to be frustrating largely because: “Who is to blame for Ebola?” is really not a good question. In turn, we … Continue reading
My latest book is available for pre-order: For the first time in generations, site Africa is spoken of these days with enthusiastic hope: no longer seen as a hopeless morass of poverty, the continent instead is described as “Africa Rising,” … Continue reading
The Nordic Africa Days 2014 took place 26-27 September 2014 in Uppsala, unhealthy Sweden. I gave the keynote lecture.
Democracy in Africa asked me about developments in my field in the past year, stuff and what I thought are the main challenges and exciting opportunities ahead. Read the interview here.