Dr. Dan Banik is a visiting scholar at both CDDRL and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (SCSPI) from July 2010 through January 2011, and will be researching on the topic of "Rights, Empowerment and Poverty: From Appealing Rhetoric to Implementable Policy". He is an Associate Professor and Research Director of the the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Dr. Banik's research interests include development theory, democracy, inequality, human rights, legal empowerment of the poor, policy studies and implementation, development ethics, undernutrition and famine, civil service reform and media in developing countries. He has conducted research in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa and Mexico. In addition to directing the research programme 'Poverty and Development in the 21st Century (PAD)' at SUM, he heads the Reference Group of the Norwegian-Finnish Trust Fund in the World Bank for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD).
He also serves on the Board of the Norwegian Crown Prince and Crown Princess's Humanitarian Fund.