Professor, International Economics
Phone: +41 22 908 45 06
Position(s) at the Institute
Director of Studies
Editor-in-chief, International Development Policy
President of the Board of Directors, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)
PhD in Economics, Neuchâtel University
Gilles Carbonnier is Professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He is editor-in-chief of International Development Policy and President of the board of directors of CERAH, the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. His research and publications focus on the economics of humanitarian crises and responses, the energy-development nexus and the governance of extractive resources, as well as international development cooperation.
Gilles Carbonnier has over 20 years of professional experience in international trade, development cooperation and humanitarian action. From 1989 to 1991, Gilles Carbonnier was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and El Salvador. He joined the ICRC again from 1999 to 2006 as the organisation’s economic adviser and head of private-sector relations. Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international development cooperation programmes and multilateral trade negotiations with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and advised Vietnam on its accession to the WTO between 1996 and 1999.
Gilles Carbonnier is Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes. He sits in the Federal Commission for International Development Cooperation and advises investment funds over sustainability and human rights issues.
Areas of Expertise
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Governance of natural resources
Illicit financial flows
Policy coherence for development
The economics of conflict and disaster
Humanitarian Economics – War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market (2015), New York/London: Oxford University Press/Hurst.
Edited Volumes and Special Issues
Editor-in-chief of International Development Policy / Revue internationale de politique de développement (Boston: Brill Nijhoff & Geneva: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies).
2015: Large-Scale Land Acquisitions
2014: Education, Training, Learning – Critical Issues for Development
Editor-in-chief of International Development Policy / Revue internationale de politique de développement (London : Palgrave Macmillan & Geneva: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies).
2013: Religion and Development
2012: Aid, Emerging Economies and Global Policies
2011: Energy and Development
2010: Africa – 50 Years of Independence
‘Reason, Emotion, Compassion: Can Altruism Survive Professionalisation in the Humanitarian Sector?’ (2015), Disasters, 39 (2), pp. 189-207.
‘Resource Dependence and Armed Violence: Impact on Sustainability in Developing Countries’ (2015) with N. Wagner, Defence and Peace Economics, 26 (1), pp. 115-132.
‘Business-Humanitarian Partnerships: Processes of Normative Legitimation’ (2014) with A. Liliana, Globalizations, 11 (3), pp. 349-367.
‘Human Nature and Development Aid: IR and the Biology of Altruism’ (2014) with A. Ali, Journal of International Relations and Development, pp. 1-21.
Guest editor of the Journal’s Special Issue: ‘The Global and Local Governance of Extractive Resources’, Global Governance, 17 (2). Journal’s Special Issue, April 2011.
‘La malédiction des ressources naturelles et ses antidotes’ (2013), Revue Internationale et Stratégique, No. 91, pp. 38-48.
‘Reframing Aid in a World Where the Poor live in Emerging Economies’ (2012) with A. Sumner, International Development Policy, No.3, pp. 3-18.
‘Assessing Policy Responses to the Resource Curse: Can Civil Society live up to the expectations?’ (2011) with F. Brugger and J. Krause, Global Governance 17 (2), pp. 247-264.
‘The Competing Agendas of Economic Reform and Peace Process: A Politico-Economic Model Applied to Guatemala’ (2002), World Development, 30 (8), pp. 1323-39.
‘Corporate Responsibility and Humanitarian Action: What relations between the business and humanitarian worlds?’ (2002), International Review of the Red Cross, No. 844, pp. 947-968.
‘The Rise of Disaster Risk Insurance and Derivatives’ (2015) in Brassard, C. et al. (Eds), Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific, Tokyo: Springer, pp. 175-188.
‘Humanitarian and Development Aid in the Context of Stabilization: Blurring the Lines and Broadening the Gap’ (2013) in Muggah, R. (Ed.), Stabilization Operations, Security and Development – States of Fragility. New York: Routledge, pp. 35-55.
‘Natural Resource Governance and Hybrid Political Orders’ (2013) with A. Wennmann in Chandler, D. & T. Sisk (eds) Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding. New York: Routledge, pp. 208-218.
‘The Development Nexus of Global Energy’ (2013) with F. Brugger in Goldthau, A. (Ed.) The Handbook of Global Energy Policy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 64-79.
‘The Global Governance of Energy and Development’ (2012) with S. de Jong in Ziccardi Capaldo, G. (Ed.) The Global Community YILJ 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 41-68.