Professor Michael Lipton FBA

Economics, Demography, Epidemiology and Health, Agricultural Economics, South Africa, South Asia, Bangladesh, India, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka.

Elected 2006

UK Fellow
2006
Economics

Michael Lipton D Litt (1982), CMG (2003), FBA (2006), has worked on economics of agriculture, development, farm technology and employment, rural risk, land, rural-urban relations, nutrition and poverty reduction. He has been based on Sussex University since 1961, together with IDS, the Institute of Development Studies, since 1968 (Professor 1968; now Emeritus). He has researched in India (since working on Myrdal’s Asian Drama  team in 1969-61 and in Kawathe village, Maharashtra, in 1965), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Botswana and South Africa.

He directed IDS’s Village Studies Programme (1972-8), which produced comparative books on migration, labour utilisation and nutrition based on some 3000 primary village surveys. His books include Assessing Economic Performance (1968); Why Poor People Stay Poor: urban bias and world development (1977); New Seeds and Poor People (with Richard Longhurst, 1989); Does Aid Work in India?  (with John Toye, 1991); Land Reform: property rights and property wrongs (2010); and (work-in-progress) Malthus in Africa? (2019).

He was Fellow: of All Souls, Oxford (1961-8, 1983-4); Rockefeller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962-3) the British Academy (2006) and (Stellenbosch Inst. for Advanced Studies (2011). He has been Employment Adviser, Government of Botswana, 1977-9; Senior Economic.Adviser (poverty analysis), World Bank, 1981-3; Director, Consumption & Nutrition, International Food Policy Research Institute, 1987-9; and Lead Scholar and main author of the International. Fund for Agricultural. Development’s Rural Poverty Report, 1999-2001. He is currently advising the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, South Africa.

He was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2012.

Current post

Emeritus Professor of Economics and Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Past appointments

University of Sussex Emeritus Professor of Economics and Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Jan 2016 -

School for Global studies, University of Sussex Professor of Economics, Poverty Research Unit, University of Sussex

Jan 1994 - Jan 2016

International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC Director, Consumption and Nutrition Research Programme

Jan 1987 - Jan 1989

School for Global studies, University of Sussex Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Jan 1967 - Jan 1994

All Souls College University of Oxford Fellow

Jan 1961 - Jan 1982

All Souls College University of Oxford Fellow

Jan 1961 - Jan 1968

Publications

Why people stay poor: urban bias in world development 1977 and 1988

New seeds and poor people 1989

Land Reform in Developing Countries: property rights and property wrongs 2009

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