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Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong

Toby's research concentrates on the political economy of development, with a particular geographical focus upon Asia. He has published in journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Globalizations, Development and Change, Pacific Review, Asian Studies Review and Antipode, and much of his work has been translated into Indonesian. In 2010 he published Delusions of Development: the World Bank and the post-Washington Consensus in Southeast Asia (Palgrave-MacMillan). He has edited or co-edited numerous special issues of journals and is co-editor (with Darryl Jarvis) of The Politics of Marketising Asia (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014), The Financialisation of Development in Asia (Routledge, May 2015), and Markets and Development: Civil Society, Citizens and the Politics of Neoliberalism (Routledge, December 2015). He has another jointly edited volume (with Darryl Jarvis), Beyond the Developmental State: Disembedding Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2016), forthcoming. Toby has published opinion pieces in The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Age, The Bangkok Post, The Canberra Times, ABC’s The Drum, Online Opinion, The Nation, South Reviews, The Jakarta Post and The Jakarta Globe. He also co-edits (with Darryl Jarvis, Kelly Gerard and Paul Cammack) the Palgrave book series, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy. Toby is a Co-editor of Journal of Contemporary Asia, a Thematic Editor (Political Economy and International Politics) for Asian Studies Review and an Associate Editor for Journal of Labor and Society. He is also a published photographer who combines his research interests with social commentary-oriented photography.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, City University Hong Kong