Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

Lead Research Fellow | Head of RP 3

  • Short CV

    • 10/2015 - 10/2018: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

    • Since 2015: Apl. Prof. at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

    • Since 2009: Head of GIGA Research Programme 3 "Socio-Economic Development in the Context of Globalisation"

    • 2009 - 2015: Junior-Professor at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen

    • 2007 - 2009: Head of Research Area ‘Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Development’, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

    • 2002 - 2006: Research Fellow, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

    • Since 2002: Various Consultancies for The World Bank, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the OECD Development Centre (details of selected projects below)

    • 2002: Consultant, OECD Development Centre, Paris, France

    • 2001: Research Assistant, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas, La Paz, Boliva

    • Education: Doctoral Studies at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany; Dr.rer.pol. (summa cum laude); Dissertation on ‘Evaluating the Poverty and Distributional Impact of Economic Policies and External Shocks Combining Macro and Micro Approaches: Three Case Studies from Latin America’; Master in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany; Undergraduate Studies at Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, Germany; University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain; University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Current Research

    • Informal entrepreneurship in developing countries

    • Structural change and its poverty and distributional implications

    • Natural resources, economic development and conflict

    Countries and Regions

    • Africa


    • Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklungspolitik der Stadt Hamburg
    • W3 - Werkstatt für internationale Kultur und Politik e.V.
    • Entwicklungsökonomischer Ausschuss, Verein für Socialpolitik
    • International Association for Research in Income and Wealth

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 3

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428

    GIGA Focus Afrika | 5/2021

    Development Cooperation Policy with Africa: Dare for More Coherence

    Development policy plays a crucial role in addressing global as well as African challenges. The authors of this GIGA Focus Africa expect the future German Federal Government to ensure coherence in development policy and joint action by the foreign, economic and environment ministries.

    Policy brief | 09/2021

    Multilateral Coordination and Exchange for Sustainable Global Value Chains

    While participation in global value chains is widely associated with benefits for countries' development, environmental and social costs are becoming increasingly evident. The authors recommend that the G20 become a key global forum for exchange on this important challenge.

    Holger Görg

    Dr. Adnan Seric

    Frauke Steglich

    Dr. Liubov Yaroshenko

    One Earth | 05/2021

    Large-scale Land Acquisitions, Agricultural Trade, and Zoonotic Diseases: Overlooked Links

    Tropical deforestation and associated risks of emerging zoonotic diseases are being driven by large-scale land acquisitions for the production of agricultural exports. Current policies on land deals and agricultural trade fail to address this.

    Markus Giger

    Dr. Sandra Eckert

    Policy paper | 04/2021

    Proposals to Make the T20 a More Impactful, Effective, and Continuous Think Tank Process

    With other T20 participants, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Apl. Prof. Lay, Head of GIGA’s Research Programme “Globalisation and Development”, co-authored recommendations to improve the G20 outreach process, published by German Development Institute (DIE).

    Dr. Axel Berger

    Imme Scholz

    Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge

    Adj. Prof. Dr. Sait Akman

    Gustavo Martinez

    Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner

    Andrea Ordóñez

    Dr. Claudia Schmucker

    Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

    Prof. Dr. Sébastien Treyer

    Transitioning to Sustainability | 03/2021

    “Leave No One Behind” in Middle-Income Countries: A Review of Progress and Policies

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 3

    Dr. Jan Priebe

    Research Fellow / Speaker Research Team

    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

    Land-Based Investments in Global Supply Chains and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups

    The second phase of the research project “Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Rural Change, and Social Conflict” focuses on the socio-economic impact of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) on local populations, particularly in terms of communal land rights and indigenous groups. Furthermore, it investigates the relationship between LSLA and global (agricultural) supply chains. The project aims to synthesise existing research and generate new evidence at the intersection of rural development and sustainable production and consumption.
    BMZ, 2022

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft (DigiTraL Diplo): Leg I of GIGA Digital Transformation Lab (DigiTraL) - A Global Approach to Digitalisation

    Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft (DigiTraL Diplo) is funded by the Federal Foreign Office. It is the first leg of a larger research endeavour, envisioned to include Digtal Warfare and Development at a later stage. DigiTraL Diplo focuses on how digital transformation offers new opportunities, challenges, and instruments for foreign policy. It will identify the chances and (security) threats of digitalization to advance adequate responses of (digital) diplomacy.
    FFO, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2026

    Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa

    MIASA, based at the University of Legon, Ghana, is one of five Maria Sibylla Merian Centres for Advanced Studies, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. Its overall aim is to work towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA's thematical focus is on sustainable governance. The GIGA contributes to the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on ‘Sustainable Rural Transformation’ and its outreach activities.
    BMBF, 2020-2026

    Stuttgarter Zeitung | Interview | 27/08/2021

    Afrika muss noch wichtiger werden | Quote | 27/08/2021

    Wie Investitionsanreize in Afrika wirken

    Süddeutsche Zeitung | Quote | 27/08/2021

    Wie der Pakt der guten Hoffnung läuft

    Chair | 07/12/2021

    Research Conference: Sustainability in Global Value Chains


    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 3

    Organiser | 07/12/2021

    Sustainability in Global Value Chains

    Cooperation Event 06/12/2021 - 07/12/2021 Organisers: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Centre for Globalization, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), German Development Institute

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 3

    Moderator | 06/12/2021

    2021 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization


    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 3

    Teaching | University of Göttingen | 2020

    Controversies in Development Economics

    University of Göttingen Göttingen


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