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Economics and Human Development

This research area investigates contemporary economic and development theories related to the importance of common good and human values (including religious values), the relationship between ethics, business and society and the dignity of the human person. It examines the value systems behind economic and human development applying its findings to a wide range of development problems, such as poverty, inequality, structural violence and human trafficking.

Area Leader: Dr Flavio Comim

Research Projects

  • ITORP: Illicit Trade in Organs Research Programme (Frank Madsen)
  • Development as Common Good (Flavio Comim)
  • Transforming Business (Peter Heslam)

Recent publications

Dr Frank Madsen

  • 2015 (forthcoming). "The Historical Evolution of the International Co-operation against Transnational Organised Crime: an Overview", in Pierre Hauck and Sven Peterke, Sven (eds.), International Law and Transnational Organised Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2014 (forthcoming). "Trafficking crimes with special emphasis on economic impact", in Barry A. K. Rider (ed.), Financial Crime Research Handbook. London: Edward Elgar.
  • 2014 (forthcoming). Ethnicity & Organ Transplantation, Von Hügel Institute Working Paper 2014-1, Cambridge.
  • 2013. "Organ Transplantation and Transnational Organised Crime", in The RUSI Journal, Vol. 158, Issue 5, 6-17.

Dr Flavio Comin

  • 2014 (forthcoming). Nussbaum, M., Comim, F. (eds) Capabilities, Gender, Equality: toward fundamental entitlements, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2013. Comin, F.  Amaral, P. V., "The Human Values Index: conceptual
    foundations and evidence from Brazil", in Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press.

Prof. John Ryan

  • 2013. “Credit Rating Agencies: Are they Credible?”, in International Journal of Public Policy, Volume 9 Number 1.

Public Lectures

  •  “Illicit Trade in Organs”. Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, 14 May 2011.
  •  “Trade in Organs”. Lamaro Pozzani University College. Rome, Italy, 19 January 2012.


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