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Robin Broad

Professor
School of International Service

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    Head, Environment & Development Concentration, International Development Program, SIS
    Head, Globalization & Development Concentration, International Development Program, SIS
  • Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development, established the International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability. Recipient of 4 awards for her teaching and scholarship from the School of International Service, Broad is widely published and the recipient of numerous external grants and fellowships. She came to AU with a wide range of professional experiences – from international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department to work with civil-society organizations in the Philippines. Active as faculty advisor to such student organizations as Amnesty International and the Fair Trade Student Association, she has served or is serving on the boards of directors of Rugmark, the Bank Information Center, Food First, and the Philippine Development Forum. She is an active "scholar participant" in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Development Studies, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; MPA, Development Economics, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; BA, Economics and Environmental Studies, Williams College (salutatorian)
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Teaching

  • Fall 2014

    • HNRS-302 Honors Collqm in Social Sc: Environment and Development
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

My research interests center on the political economy of development – with specific foci related to the following sub-fields: (1) the public and private structures of global economic governance; (2) the impact of these structures of governance on economies, people, and their environments; and (3) the social movements that are challenging the current structures of global economic governance.

Field work conducted in: the Philippines (extensively since 1977) and elsewhere in Southest Asia, including Indonesia and Thailand. More recent fieldwork in Central America, including Costa Rica and Guatemala. Also attend global civil-society events such as the World Social Forum and those related to World Bank-IMF annual meetings, WTO meetings, etc.

Selected Publications

  • "Reframing Development in the Age of Vulnerability: From Case Studies of the Philippines and Trinidad to New Measures of Rootedness" with John Cavanagh, Third World Quarterly 32, no.6 (June 2011).   
  • Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match, with John Cavanagh (Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2009.   
  • Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible, authored by a 19-person drafting committee led by John Cavanagh &Jerry Mander. Berrett-Koehler, first edition, 2002; updated & expanded 2nd edition by 21-person drafting committee, 2004.   
  • Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy, New Millennium Books in International Studies. Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.   
  • Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines, with John Cavanagh. University of California Press, 1993. Anvil Publishing, 1993. First paperback printing by University of California Press, 1994.   
  • The Philippine Challenge: Sustainable and Equitable Development in the 1990s, with John Cavanagh, Philippine Center for Policy Studies, School of Economics, University of the Philippines, 1991.   
  • Unequal Alliance: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Philippines, Studies in International Political Economy series. Stephen Krasner, series editor. University of California Press, 1988. Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1988. First paperback printing by University of California Press, 1990.

Executive Experience

  • Senior Staff Economist, US Congressman Charles E. Schumer (1985-87)
  • International Economist, US Treasury Department (1983-85)

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • First runner-up, The Lionel Gelber Prize (best English-language book in international relations), 1993, for Plundering Paradise
  • Finalist, World Hunger Media Award (best book), 1993, for Plundering Paradise
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Life Member

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • The Ford Foundation
  • The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Grant for Research and Writing in International Peace and Cooperation (2-time grantee)
  • The Association for Asian Studies
  •  Fulbright Foundation (declined)
  • The Council on Foreign Relations, International Affairs Fellow
  • Princeton University
  • The Henry Luce Foundation, Fellow
  • National Science Foundation

Professional Presentations

  • Briefing to the Philippines’ Commissioner of Human Rights, on "The Environmental Impacts of Gold Mining," Quezon City, Philippines. August 8, 2013.
  • Plenary Speaker, "Reframing Development - Poverty Solutions in a No-Growth Economy," Conference title: “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability”, Society for Ecological Economics Biennial Conference, Gund Institute, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.  June 12, 2013.
 

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Globalization, development and environment; globalization and NGOs; World Bank; International Monetary Fund; World Trade Organization; Third-World development; corporate social responsibility and accountability; pro and cons of economic globalization, including global integration: trade, investment, aid, and debt; environmentally and socially responsible trade and investment; child labor and de facto “slave labor” in today’s global economy (I am on the Board of GoodWeave which strives to ensure that handloomed carpets are not made with child-labor while also providing financial and educational resources to former child workers); sweatshops and anti-sweatshop initiatives including those on college campuses; Philippine economics, politics, and environmental and social issues; World Social Forum and other so-called "anti-globalization" or "alter-globalization" events

Additional Information: Robin Broad is the author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). She established the International Development Program’s curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability. She came to AU with a wide range of professional experiences – from international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department to work with civil-society organizations in the Philippines. Active as faculty advisor to such student organizations as Amnesty International and the Fair Trade Student Association, she has served or is serving on the boards of directors of Rugmark (now called GoodWeave), the Bank Information Center, Food First, and the Philippine Development Forum. She is an active "scholar participant" in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous publications, including Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002); Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible (Berrett-Koehler, 2nd ed., 2004); Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines (University of California Press, 1993); and Unequal Alliance: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Philippines (University of California Press, 1988).

Current events related to El Salvador & attempts to ban gold-mining. <http://www.thenation.com/article/162009/water-gold-el-salvador>
At global level, this includes “investor-state clause” cases brought before the World Bank-based Tribunal called the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

“Food security” issues, from farmers (first lived with farming community in the Philippines 30-plus years ago; recently lived with rice-farmers in the Philippines; fishing communities in Trinidad, and corn/bean farmers in El Salvador) to consumer issues (example: “white” rice versus whole-grain rice). Article upcoming in winter issue of Earth Island Journal. Her most recent work has coined the term “rootedness” as the overall goal, to juxtapose with the current model’s focus on economic growth that leads to “vulnerability” in economic, environmental and social terms.
 

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