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Gilles Carbonnier
Contact: Email:  gilles.carbonnier (at) graduateinstitute.ch
Phone: +41 (0)22 908 45 06

Gilles Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies since February 2007. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Neuchâtel University.

He is editor-in-chief of International Development Policy since 2008, 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 energy-development nexus and the governance of extractive resources, as well as on humanitarianism, the political economy of armed conflict and 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 Lank, Ethiopia and El Salvador. He joined the ICRC again from 1999 to 2006 as the Organization’s economic adviser and head of private-sector relations, which involved fieldwork in places like Colombia, Indonesia, the Balkans, Western and Central Africa and the Palestinian Territories.
  • 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 has been advising 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 since 2011, and a board member of Doctors without Borders (MSF-Switzerland) since 2008. He also sits in the Federal Commission for International Development Cooperation and advises investment funds over sustainability and human rights issues.


Field(s) of Interest
  • Energy, Natural resources, extractive economies, commodities
  • Armed conflicts, violence (Political economy of armed conflicts and post-war transitions)
  • Corporate responsibility, public-private partnerships
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • Humanitarian action, intervention
  • Multilateral diplomacy and international negotiation, soft governance
Recent Publications: Edited Volumes
  • International Development Policy Series / Revue internationale de politique de développement: Energy and Development (London : Palgrave Macmillan & Geneva: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, 2011).
  • "The Global and Local Governance of Extractive Resources,” Global Governance, 17 (2) (Special Issue, April 2011).
  • International Development Policy Series / Revue internationale de politique de développement: Afrique – 50 ans d’indépendance (Genève: Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement, 2010).
  • “Assessing Policy Responses to the Resource Curse: Can Civil Society live up to the expectations?” with F. Brugger and J. Krause, Global Governance, 17 (2), April 2011, pp. 247-264.
  • “Introduction: The Global and Local Governance of Extractive Resources,” Global Governance, 17 (2), April 2011, pp.135-148.
  • “Security Management and the Political Economy of War,” Humanitarian Exchange No. 47, 2010, pp. 18-21.
  •  “Extractive Industries in Fragile States and the Role of Market Incentives and Regulation,” The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 5 (2), 2010, pp. 30-37.
  •  “Les négociations multi-parties prenantes: l’exemple de l’Initiative de transparence des industries extractives”, Relations internationales, No. 136, 2008, pp. 101-114.
  • “Privatisation & outsourcing in wartime: the humanitarian challenges,” Disasters, 30 (4), 2006, pp. 402-416.
  • “Undoing War Economies: A Prerequisite for Peace?”, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 22 (4), 2003, pp. 165-77.
  •  “Economie et conflit armé: vers une responsabilité humanitaire de l'entreprise,” Géoéconomie, No. 26, 2003, pp. 9-36.
  •  “The Competing Agendas of Economic Reform and Peace Process: A Politico-Economic Model Applied to Guatemala,” World Development, 30 (8), 2002, pp. 1323-39.
Book chapters
  •  « Energie et développement » avec J. Grinevald, Revue internationale de politique de développement, No. 2, Juin 2011, pp 9-28.
  • « L’aide au développement une fois de plus sous le feu de la critique », Revue internationale de politique de développement, No. 1, 2010, pp. 141-147.
  • « Evolutions et enjeux de la coopération internationale au développement » avec G. Perroulaz et C. Fioroni, Revue internationale de politique de développement. No. 1, 2010, pp. 149-169.
  • “Private sector”, in V. Chetail (ed.), Peacebuilding and Post-conflict Reconstruction : a Practical and Bilingual Lexicon (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2009, pp. 245-255.
  • “Des matières premières pour financer le développement : comment conjurer la malédiction des ressources naturelles?” Annuaire Suisse de politique de développement, 26 (2), 2007, pp. 83-98 (Genève: IUED).
Research Papers
  • Oil, Gas and Minerals: The Impact of Resource-Dependence and Governance on Sustainable Development, with N. Wagner and F. Brugger, CCDP Working Paper No. 8. September 2011, Geneva: The Graduate Institute.
  • Asian and African Development Trajectories: Revisiting Facts and Figures, with P. Chakraborky and E. Dalla Mulle. Working Paper 1, International Development Policy. Geneva: IHEID. 14 December 2010.
  • Les effets économiques de l’aide publique au développement en Suisse, avec M. Zarin-Nejadan, Institute of Economic Research Working papers, No. 09-01, University of Neuchâtel, 2009.

To learn more about Gilles Carbonnier, please read his CV.