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Associate Professor

School of Politics & International Relations (SPIRe)

University College Dublin (UCD)


Editor-in-Chief: Journal of International Development


Research Fellow

UCD Geary Institute


Office: G304

Newman Building, Belfield campus

University College Dublin (UCD)

Dublin 4, Ireland

Krishna is Associate Professor and Chair of the Athena Swan Committee at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe). He currently serves as the Director of the PhD program on Global Human Development and a Fellow at UCD Geary Institute, Ireland.


He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He defended his dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Axel Dreher in September 2012. He served as a Junior Professor at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU), Norway, and as a Research Fellow at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He is Editor of Journal of International Development. He also serves on the editorial board committees of Journal of Peace Research (JPR) and International Area Studies Review (IASR). He regularly provides consulting for corporate clients in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kenya and policy thinktanks like the Fraser Institute (Canada), Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project (Sweden), Global Development Network (GDN), among others. Krishna has lived in India, Sri Lanka, Spain, Germany, Norway and now Ireland. He has been working with multicultural and multidisciplinary (e.g., Politics, Economics, Finance & Banking, Management, Public Health, Anthropology, Law, etc) students, research scholars, and Professors. 


Research interest: Political Economy of FDI, Aid, IFIs, and Natural Resources; Development Politics in India at sub-national level.

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