Syed Mansoob Murshed

Syed Mansoob Murshed was the first holder of the prestigious rotating Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity in the Netherlands for year 2002-003. He was a Research Fellow at United Nations University/WIDER in Helsinki where he ran Projects on Globalisation and Vulnerable Economies and Why Some Countries Avoid Conflict, While Others Fail. He also ran a project on The Two Economies of Ireland, financed by the International Fund for Ireland at the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre (NIERC), Belfast. He is the author of seven books and over 130 refereed journal papers and book chapters. 

His latest book published in 2010 is Explaining Civil War (Edward Elgar). He is on the Editorial boards of several journals including, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (PEPS), as well as Civil Wars. His research interests are in the economics of conflict, resource abundance, aid conditionality, political economy, macroeconomics and international economics. He has been a writer of background papers for flagship annual reports various UN agencies, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

  • CoCOON, Nationalisation of Extractive Industries in Bolivia and Ecuador (NEBE) 2010-15 from Dutch Scientific Research Council, NWO: A study into the effect of natural resources on the environment and conflict in Bolivia and Ecuador.
  • EUSECON (European Security Economics) project, 2008-12 from the ISS: European security and threats to it.
  • The Two Economies of Ireland, 1994-95: Comparison of the economies of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Why Some Countries Fall into Conflict, UNU/Wider, 2000-2001: Theoretical and empirical analysis of civil war risk.
  • Globalization and Vulnerable Economies, UNU/WIDER, 1999-2001: Why some countries gain and why some countries lose from economic globalization.
  • Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness, the Challenge of Asia for the West. Leverhulme, 1997-98: Challenge of East Asian competiveness for Europe.
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