Andy McKay joined as Director of the Young Lives research programme in July 2020. Prior to this appointment he was Professor of Development Economics at the University of Sussex where he had worked since 2006, teaching development economics to MSc students and supervising many PhD theses.
He researches on issues of poverty and living standards, labour and gender among other areas, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Recently he has led or co-led two research projects looking at female labour issues, one an IDRC/DFID/Hewlett funded project on School to Work transition in six sub-Saharan African countries, co-led with Professor Jane Mariara, the other an ESRC/DFID funded project focusing on female labour supply and the escape from poverty in four African and Asian countries. Prior to this he was actively involved in the DFID-funded Chronic Poverty Research Centre (2000-2011). He acts as Managing Editor of the Review of Development Economics and is a regular resource person with the African Economic Research Consortium.
“Gender gaps in the path to adulthood for young females and males in six African countries from the 1990s to the 2010s”, IZA Journal of Development and Migration 8:16
https://doi.org/10.1186/s40176-018-0124-8 (with J. Mariara, A. Newell and C. Rienzo, 2018).
Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, Oxford University Press, (with C. Arndt and F. Tarp, eds, 2016)
“The Anatomy of Fragile States in Sub-Saharan Africa: Understanding the inter-relationship between fragility and deprivation”, Review of Development Economics, 23(3): 1073-1100 (with E. Thorbecke, 2018).