Allister McGregor is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and before that he was Leader of the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex.

His work has been on the political economy of poverty and inequality and he has used his background in economics, politics and social anthropology to understand the ways that the formulation and implementation of policies impact on poor people. Over the past twenty years he has specialised in the development of a social and multi-dimensional conception of human wellbeing (and the methodologies required for studying it) as a comprehensive means of understanding dynamics of poverty and inequality. His empirical work has been conducted in relation to a range of different policy spheres from rural financial markets, to fisheries and coastal policy, to social protection and social welfare. He has had substantial field experience in South and Southeast Asia as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa. Allister has worked extensively as a consultant and advisor to multilateral, bi-lateral and non-governmental development organizations and agencies.

Allister has written extensively on the application of the concept of human wellbeing in policy and practice. He is currently the leader of the core work package in the ESRC funded research programme ‘Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems’.

Further information about Allister can be found here.