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Ian Goldin

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Professor Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford. He is a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College. From 2006 to 2016 he was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School and currently leads the Oxford Martin Research Programmes on Technological and Economic Change, the Future of Work, and the Future of Development.

Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government, receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Romania, and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has extensive media experience, appearing on all the major broadcasters, including having being interviewed on BBC HardTalk regarding his prediction of the pandemic. He has written and presented three BBC documentary series: After the Crash (2018), Will AI Kill Development? (2019), and The Pandemic that Changed the World (2020).

He has published over 55 articles, including ‘Why is Productivity Slowing Down?’ in the top ranked Journal of Economic Literature. His numerous reports include Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choices (Oxford Martin School and Citi, 2018). He has written 23 books, the most recent of which are Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World(Hodder Hachette, 2021) and Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (Penguin Random House, 2020). His previous books include Development: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2016), Is the Planet Full? (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks, and what to do about it(Princeton University Press, 2014), Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it (Oxford University Press, 2013), Globalization for Development: Meeting New Challenges (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton University Press, 2011).

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