Eminent Scandinavian economist full professor at IIM Ahmedabad

Vegard Iversen with IIMA's heritage Louis Kahn Plaza in the background.

In June 2017, Norwegian researcher Vegard Iversen joined the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad as a Professor in the Economics Area. To the best of our knowledge, Iversen is the first Scandinavian economist or social scientist to be appointed a Full Professor in one of India's topmost and publicly funded higher education institutions. Since 2008 he has been a Senior Research Fellow (Hon) at Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester. Prof. Iversen is married to another well-known scholar, namely Dr. Shalini Grover, Associate professor at at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi.

After receiving his PhD in (development) economics from University of Cambridge in 2000, Prof. Iversen spent six years as Faculty at School of Development Studies (now International Development), University of East Anglia. He has been a Research Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute's India office, a visiting Faculty at Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre, and a Professor and Vice Dean at Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. From 2015 to 2017, he was an (India-based) Adjunct Professor at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. His research is mainly applied microeconomics of development but includes the occasional ethnographic/sociological detour. Recent or ongoing research covers women in politics (using a novel, dynamic entry point); persistence and change in caste-based and other inequality in rural India; agricultural history and the long-term effects of colonial policies on contemporary development; business history; networks and labour markets; social mobility in the Global South.
He received the annual Dudley Seers Prize for the best paper published in Journal of Development Studies in 2008. He has been the Editor in-Chief for the Journal of South Asian Development since 2012 and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Development Studies. More details about Prof. Iversen.