Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) (Handelshögskolan i Stockholm). Contact person: Associate Professor Anders Olofsgård, Deputy Director, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE). This institute was established in 1989, and has primarily become a leading research and policy center on transition in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, but more recently the institute has also broadened its geographical reach, and now produce research and policy advice that can benefit all emerging market economies, for example in South Asia.
Anders Olofsgård earned his Ph.D. in Economics, with specialization in political economy, development economics and applied microeconomic theory, from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University in 2001. Before joining Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, he was working as Associate Professor at Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA. He has also been a visiting scholar at the research department of the IMF, and done work for among others the World Bank, USAID and the Swedish Parliament. Currently he is involved in an India related research project entitled ”Collective Action and Community Development: Evidence from Self-Help Groups in India”, funded by an U-forsk grant for the period 2013-15. The project is the second phase of a larger research undertaking on membership groups for the poor in India. The first phase of this project was completed in February 2012, and was funded by The Brookings Institution and a series of grants at Georgetown University and was conducted in collaboration with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India.
Till a few years ago, Professor Emeritus Jon Sigurdson worked as Director for the East Asia Science & Technology and Culture Programme at SSE, holding an endowed ASTRA Professorship of East Asia Science & Technology and Culture. Even though Prof. Sigurdson’s research mainly focused on China, he has also made a number of comparative studies that included India. In 1997 he published an article together with the Dr. Prasada Reddy at Lund University’s Research Policy Institute entitled ”Strategic location of R&D and emerging patterns of globalization: the case of Astra Research Centre India”, and in November 2006 Jon Sigurdson wrote a book entitled ”Kina och Indien – Sagan om de två giganterna (in Swedish: China and India – A tale of the two giants), where he shows how both India and China started to open up their economies during the 1980s and 1990s. More information about the South Asia related research at the Stockholm School of Economics.
SASNET tries to keep track of all South Asia related research at the Swedish universities, and in our database we have information about approximately 300 departments where some kind of South Asia related research and/or educational collaboration projects with institutions in the eight South Asian nations is going on. Among our networking partners , we will each month present one or two of these departments and the researchers working on South Asia related projects. Go for SASNET’s list of Swedish departments.