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Andy McKay was appointed in July 2020 as Director of the Young Lives research progamme, coordinated by Oxford and working in four partner countries. Prior to this he was Professor of Development Economics at the University of Sussex from 2006, where he taught development microeconomics to MSc students and supervised many PhD thesis.
He has researched on issues of poverty and living standards, among other things acting as Associate Director of the DFID-funded Chronic Poverty Research Centre from 2005 to 2011. In 2016 he coedited a UNU-WIDER volume on Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa based on 16 country case studies, and has made many inputs into discussions of these issues over a long period of time. In recent years has been very actively involved oi work on labour issues in developing countries. He was co-PI, with Professor Jane Kabubo-Mariara, of an IDRC-DFID-Hewlett funded project on “Early labour market transitions of women in low income African countries” conducted as part of the “Growth opportunities for Women” programme and was PI of a second project looking at female labour issues in Africa and Asia. This work fits strongly with Young Lives research focus over the coming years, as the cohorts transition into adulthood.
Since 2015 he acts as Managing Editor of the Review of Development Economics, and is a regular resource person with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).