The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Valpy FitzGerald's research interests cover determinants of capital flows from developed to developing countries, international taxation issues, macroeconomic policy in emerging markets, and long-run economic growth and welfare in Latin America.
He was educated at Oxford (PPE, BA 1968) and Cambridge (Economics, PhD 1972). He was Assistant Director of Development Studies at Cambridge (1973-80) and then Professor of Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, until returning to Oxford in 1993. He was Head of the Oxford Department of International Development between 2007 and 2012. He is a Professorial Fellow of St Antony's College Oxford and Visiting Professor of International Finance at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid.
In recent years, Valpy FitzGerald has advised a number of international agencies on: international investment regulation (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD); debt sustainability (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD); macroeconomic policy and children (United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF); and international taxation as a source of development finance (United Nations-Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN/DESA).
He is a member of the editorial boards of Oxford Development Studies (UK), the Journal of Development Studies (UK), Economía Mundial (Spain), and Principios (Spain)