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Centre of Development Studies



Isabel's research combines perspectives from economic theory, history, ecology and political economy to study economic development and industrial, trade and technology policy.


She holds an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, as well as a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy from Indiana University. 


Isabel's current projects include: (i) a framework for the analysis of inequality and trade and production-sector policy in the UN's Sustainable Development Agenda; (ii) the development of new methodologies for industrial and innovation policy design; (iii) an analysis of economic development theory from the perspective of theories of competition; and (iv) long-term historical analysis of trade patterns and path-dependency in the developing world.


Beyond academia, Isabel has extensive experience in policy research, design and consulting, including projects for the Ecuadorian ministries of Economic Policy, Planning and Development and Science and Technology. She has also been a contributor for the African Growth Working Group at Columbia University's Initiative for Policy Dialogue.


Isabel has been a supervisor in Land Policy and Development Economics at the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, and Associate Lecturer in Economic History in the Economics Program at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Title: Essays on Globalization and Economic Development.
Supervisor: Dr Ha-Joon Chang
Trinity Hall
 Isabel  Estevez