Desmond James Mcneill

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Room 414
Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 OSLO

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. From 2001-2018 he was 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:


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

Tags: Aid, Globalisation, Governance, Natural Resource Management, Africa, Asia, Research School, Global South
Published Aug. 15, 2011 2:53 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2021 2:07 PM