The role of Regional Development Banks in Europe and the rest of the world

Regional Development Banks book cover

The role of Regional Development Banks in Europe and the rest of the world

Monday, 7 June 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Zoom webinar
Judith Clifton (University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain)
Daniel Diaz Fuentes (University of Cantabria; Oxford Department for International Development)
Carlos Andrés Brando (Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración ESA in Bogota)
David Howarth (University of Luxembourg)
Erika Kraemer-Mbula (University of Johannesburg)
Mirena Pencheva (European Parliament)
European Studies Seminar

This online event features as one of several this term which focusses on 'European Institutional Architecture', and is hosted by the European Political Economy Project (EUPEP) at the European Studies Centre.

Abstract: In Regional Development Banks in the World Economy, the editors provide an analytical framework that includes a revised categorisation of RDB by geographic operation and function. Part one offers detailed analyses of the origins, evolution, and contemporary role of the major RDB, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Central American Bank, the Andean Development Corporation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Part two offers comparative analyses of key topics on RDB, examining their initial design and their changing business models, their shifting role in promoting policies supported by the United States as hegemon and the private sector. The volume ends with a critical reflection on the role played by RDB to date and a strong defense of the need for these banks in an increasingly complex world economy.

Judith Clifton is Full Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain.  DPhil University of Oxford.
She is Professor and Founding Director of the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Economic Policy for Business & Civil Society at the Faculty of Business & Economic Sciences, University of Cantabria and Principal Investigator on one of the largest projects to date on Disruptive Technologies in the Public Sector, TOKEN (Horizon2020, 4 Mill EUR, 2020-24). Her areas of expertise are public services and their transformation, whilst she is also interested in public banks, especially, the European Investment Bank, most recently, its role during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has served as consultant for the World Bank, United Nations, OECD, European Commission, European Public Service Trade Unions, the Greek government (during negotiations with ECB/EC/IMF), CIRIEC and CEEP. She has consulted international media and have been cited in The Financial Times and The Economist. She regularly serves as Vice-Chair or Expert for Horizon 2020 research evaluation and Marie Curie Fellowships.

Daniel Díaz Fuentes is Full Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Cantabria, Spain. Phd Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid.
He is vice-president of the World Economy Society, and co-director of the Inter-university Master in Economics and the inter-university PhD in Economics between the universities of Cantabria, Oviedo and the Basque Country. He has lectured at Oxford, Carlos III-Madrid and Buenos Aires universities and has been a Visiting Research Scholar at Cornell (2014-15), European University Institute (2006-07) UMIST-Manchester (1998-99), London School of Economics (1996), Oxford (1993-95), and Michigan University (1992). His current research and teaching covers the Public Service innovation reforms in Europe and the international finance of infrastructure in Europe and the Americas. He has published in leading journals including:Public Management Review, Journal of Regulatory Economics,Global Policy,International Review of Applied Economics,Review of International Political Economy,Journal of European Public Policy,Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis,Utilities Policy,Regional Studies,Journal of Common Market Studies, Annals of Public Cooperative Economics,among others

Carlos Andrés Brando is former Dean of Economics at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, and is currently adjunct lecturer in economic history at Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración CESA in Bogota.

David Howarth is Full Professor of European Political Economy in the Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg. DPhil University of Oxford
He previously ran the the University of Edinburgh's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and remains an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Howarth is (since 2015) one of three editors of the Routledge / UACES book series on Contemporary European Studies, one of the leading series focused on European Union affairs. Professor Howarth is a founding member of the University of Luxembourg's Robert Schuman Initiative, since 2016 a leading interdisciplinary centre for study of European Union affairs and recognized and funded twice by the EU Commission as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Erika Kraemer-Mbula is Professor of Economics, DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4IR and Sustainable Development, at the University of Johannesburg.  DPhil University of Oxford
Her work focuses on alternative development paths for African economies. She specialises in the analysis of innovation systems in connection to equitable development and inclusive development, and has done pioneering work on innovation in the African informal sector. Trained as an Economist, she holds a Masters in Science and Technology Policy by the Science and Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex), and a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. Besides her academic work, Erika has undertaken a range of advisory assignments with international institutions (such as IDRC, TWAS, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNICEF, among others). Her experience in this area includes the evaluation of strategic innovation-related programmes of international donor organisations, designing and reviewing regional and national STI policies, as well as supporting the implementation of innovation strategies in African countries. In South Africa, she is currently an appointed member of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Science, Technology, and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII),  various Reference Groups at the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Post-Covid socio-economic recovery (for the Department of Science and Innovation). She is also a member of several research networks on innovation and development – such as Vice-president of Globelics, advisory board member of Africalics and Steering Committee member of OpenAIR.

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