Duncan Green

Head of Research, Oxfam GB

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
12:30 pm - C103 Hesburgh Center

“Is the Global Crisis Big Enough?”


This lecture explores the historical links between economic and other shocks and political change and applies them to the plight of developing countries in the current global financial crisis. What is the nature of the shocks the countries are currently experiencing, and what are the changes required to ensure sustainable development in the coming decades? Is the current crisis likely to be the catalyst for such changes?


Duncan Green, head of research at Oxfam GB, will be in residence at the Kellogg Institute in September to teach a special course for the Ford Program on how change happens in communities blighted by extreme poverty. His book From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World (Oxfam, 2008) challenges many of the existing assumptions and tools of the development community and argues for greater attention to issues of power, politics, the role of the state, and the nature of change.

Green, who was previously senior policy adviser on trade and development at the UK’s Department for International Development, also worked as a policy analyst for CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. In addition to numerous policy papers, he is the author of Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (2nd ed., 2003) and Faces of Latin America (3rd ed., 2006), both published by Monthly Review Press.