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Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory and Professor of Economics, University of Sussex

L Alan Winters CB is Professor of Economics in the University of Sussex and CEO of the Migrating Out Of Poverty Research Programme Consortium. He is Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory.

He is a Research Fellow and former Programme Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and Fellow of IZA, Munich. From 2008 to 2011 he was Chief Economist at the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and from 2004 to 2007 Director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank, the world’s largest and leading group of development economists. He has previously worked as Division Chief and Research Manager (1994-99) and Economist (1983-85) in the World Bank and in the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Bangor and Birmingham. He has been editor of the World Bank Economic Review, associate editor of the Economic Journal, and is now editor of The World Trade Review. He is Chairman of the Global Development Network and is member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council(ESRC) for which he chairs the Research Committee. He has also advised, inter alia, the OECD, DFID, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, the European Parliament, UNCTAD, the WTO, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He was made a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in June 2012.

L Alan Winters is a leading specialist on the empirical and policy analysis of international trade, especially in developing countries, and has recently also worked on migration, the brain drain and economic growth. He has published over two hundred and forty articles and chapters and thirty books in areas such as regional trading arrangements, non-tariff barriers, European integration, transition economies’ trade, international labour migration, agricultural protection, trade and poverty, and the world trading system. He has also published on small economies, global warming, pricing behavior and econometrics. His current programme includes work on migration, trade and poverty, growth and China and the World Trading System.


  • –present
    Professor of Economics, University of Sussex