1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Katja Hujo

Senior Reseach Coordinator

Katja Hujo is Senior Research Coordinator in the Social Policy and Development Programme of UNRISD and member of the Institute’s Senior Management Group. She is coordinator and lead author of the latest UNRISD flagship report “Policy Innovations for Transformative Change – Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Katja’s academic work focuses on social policy, poverty reduction and economic development. Much of her research is at the interface of economics and politics, for example her research on the political economy of pension reform, on social protection and poverty reduction, on social policy in mineral-rich contexts, social policy and migration, and more recently, on the politics of domestic resource mobilization.

Katja joined UNRISD in 2006. Before, she was a research fellow and lecturer at the Latin American Institute at Free University Berlin (FUB). She studied economics (Diplom-Volkswirtschaft) and political science (MA) at Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and holds a doctoral degree in economics from FUB. In 2004, she was visiting fellow at CIEPP (Centro Interdisciplinario para los Estudios de las Políticas Públicas), Buenos Aires.

Katja is currently managing research projects on The Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development; Valueworks – Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain; Transformative Change for Children and the SDGs. She has published numerous articles, one monograph, seven edited volumes and three special journal issues. Most recently she has co-edited the blog Series The Transformation Conversation related to the 2016 UNRISD Flagship Report, and a special issue with the International Social Security Review (ISSR) on “The Human Right to Social Security” (December 2017).


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