Description: London School of Economics and Political Science


Ken Shadlen

I am a political scientist in the Department of International Development, at the London School of Economics. I work on the comparative and international political economy of development. My main areas of research include the global and cross-national politics of intellectual property (IP) and the politics of trade and economic integration (including North-South trade agreements and the WTO). I am particularly interested in the role of IP and knowledge in development, both historically and in the contemporary global economy. To that end I am interested in the implications that the new global IP regime presents for late development, and the various ways that the new global norms and rules for IP are transmitted to the national level and affect national practices. Related to, and derived from, my work on patents, I have a strong interest in issues related to pharmaceutical industries, the production and supply of medicines, and health policies in developing countries.

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I am one of the Managing Editors of the Journal of Development Studies, responsible for "non-economics" (i.e. politics, sociology, anthropology, geography...) at the journal.


Professional details



Professor in Development Studies, Department of International Development , London School of Economics


Additional Affiliations:

Associate Fellow, Institute of the Americas, University College London

Affiliated Staff, Department of Government

Senior Research Fellow, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), Tufts University

Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Human Rights


Contact Details:

Department of International Development (CON 7.08)
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

TEL: +(44-20) 7852-3681
FAX: +(44-20) 7955-6844


SKYPE: kenshad1






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