1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Naren Prasad

Former Collaborating Researcher

Naren Prasad was Research Coordinator at UNRISD. He coordinated research projects in the area of Markets, Business and Regulation and of Social Policy & Development. He was in charge of the “privatisation of public services” project related to water, education, and health. This project analysed the impact of private sector participation (PSP) on the poor in terms of access to the service and affordability of the service. Work on the water project ended and research on education and health started in 2007. He was also responsible for developing the “Social policy index” (SPI) project. SPI was a composite index which intends to measure a country’s priorities in terms of social policy. At that time, he was also developing a new project on “social policies in small states”.
Before joining UNRISD in 2005, Naren worked with various United Nations agencies. He worked as a programme specialist with UNESCO for the Asia Pacific region (based in Bangkok) from 1998-2003. Naren has also worked with the ILO as an economist in Geneva. He is one of the authors of the World Employment Report 2004-05: Productivity, Employment and Poverty.

Naren Prasad holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris (Panthéon-Assas Paris II). He studied comparative development, applied social sciences, and applied mathematics at French universities. He has a keen interest in research in economic development issues facing developing countries.

Selected recent publications:
  • 2006, Perils of unmanaged exports growth: Fiji’s kava sector, Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 381-394
  • 2006, Privatisation results: private sector participation (PSP) in water services after 15 years, Development Policy Review, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 669-692 (http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/dpr)
  • 2004, World Employment Report, Productivity, employment and poverty, ILO, (co-author); (http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/strat/wer2004.htm)
  • 2004, Escaping Regulation, Escaping Convention: development strategies in small economies, World Economics, Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 41-65; (http://www.world-economics-journal.com/default.asp)
  • 2003, Small Islands’ Quest for Economic Development, Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 47-67; (http://www.unescap.org/)
  • 2000, Change in Continuity – concepts and tools for taking a cultural approach to development, UNESCO, (co-author); 1999, Land tenure system and economic development in the South Pacific, UNESCO Working paper 1995.