Desmond McNeill

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Academic Interests

  • Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Research and Policy
  • Interdisciplinarity

Courses taught


Desmond McNeill graduated in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1969, and received a Ph.D in economics at University College London in 1988. From 1969 – 71 he was a volunteer in Tanzania, and from 1971 – 75 a consultant undertaking studies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Since that time he has worked primarily as an academic, but with an interest in linking research with policy. From 1992 - 2001 he was Director of SUM. Since then he has been Head of Research, and Director of SUMs Research School.

Positions held

  • Lecturer, and later Director of Overseas Services, at the Development Planning Unit, University College London from 1976-84
  • Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Edinburgh from 1985-87.
  • After moving to Norway in 1987 he worked as a consultant, and later adviser to NORAD.
  • From 1992 - 2001 he was Director of the Centre. Since then he has been Professor, and Director of SUMs Research School.


McNeill has worked with numerous partners, largely through the following EU financed projects and networks:


McNeil is leader of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, established by the University of Oslo in collaboration with The Lancet. McNeil is also a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Through these, McNeil is involved in issues of health and food governance and global-local links.


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Published Aug. 15, 2011 2:53 PM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2019 11:17 AM