Prof. Dan Banik is a visiting associate professor at CDDRL from July 2013 through July 2014, and is currently writing a book on ‘China’s Aid and Poverty Reduction in Africa’. He is an Associate Professor and Research Director at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and Environment (SUM). He also holds an adjunct professorship at China Agricultural University in Beijing.
Prof. Banik has conducted research in India, China, Bangladesh, Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa and Mexico, and directs the interdisciplinary research programme 'Poverty and Development in the 21st Century (PAD)' at the University of Oslo. He has previously served as the head of the Norwegian-Finnish Trust Fund in the World Bank for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD) and on the Board of the Norwegian Crown Prince and Crown Princess's Foundation. His books include ‘The Legal Empowerment Agenda: Poverty, Labour and the Informal Economy in Africa’ (2011, Ashgate), ‘Poverty and Elusive Development’ (2010, Scandinavian University Press) and ‘Starvation and India’s Democracy’ (2009, Routledge).
Prof. Banik is married to Vibeke Kieding Banik, who is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo’s Dept. of History and Stanford University’s Europe Center.