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Alfredo Saad Filho

Professor of Political Economy and International Development, King's College London

Alfredo Saad-Filho is Professor of Political Economy and International Development at King’s College London. Previously, he was Professor of Political Economy at SOAS University of London, Chair of the SOAS Department of Development Studies (2006-10) Head of SOAS Doctoral School (2018-19), and Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2011-12). Alfredo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Medal of the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil, in 2014, and the SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize, in 2016. Alfredo has degrees in Economics from the Universities of Brasília (Brazil) and London (SOAS), and has taught in universities and research institutions in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mozambique, Switzerland and the UK. His interests include the political economy of development, industrial policy, neoliberalism, democracy, alternative economic policies, Latin American political and economic development, inflation and stabilisation, and the labour theory of value and its applications. His academic publications include 9 authored or edited books, 70 journal articles and 50 book chapters, and 30 reports and other contributions for UN and other international agencies, especially UNCTAD, UNDP, UN-ESCWA, and UN-DESA. These writings range across critiques of the (Post-)Washington consensus, IMF and World Bank policies; pro-poor policy alternatives; and concrete analyses of fiscal, monetary, financial, balance of payments and employment policies, inflation targeting, resource use (including ‘resource curse’ and Dutch Disease), and policy-making in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America (especially Brazil) and the Middle East. His work has been published in two dozen countries and in 15 languages, and presented over 200 academic events in 30 countries.


  • –present
    Professor of Political Economy & International Development, King's College London
  • –present
    Professor of Political Economy, SOAS, University of London


  • 1994 
    University of London, PhD (Economics)