Christopher Humphrey

Christopher Humphrey, Dr.

Guest lecturer

Phone: +41 44 634 58 56

Curriculum vitae

Born in New York, USA in 1967. BA in political science at Reed College, Portland Oregon, USA in 1991; MA in international studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC USA in 2001; PhD at the London School of Economics, Department of International Development in 2013. Current research focuses on the impact of global economic change on the operations of multilateral development banks. Researcher on two-year SNF-funded project (2015-2017), “How is Changing Demand for Multilateral Lending Impacting Development Finance Activity in Africa?” Non-academic experience includes working as a journalist in Mexico and Central America (1995-2000) and as a development consultant with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, G24, Global Green Growth Institute and Overseas Development Institute (2001-present).

Research interest

The impacts of economic and political change on the activities of international organizations, and in particular multilateral development banks; global development cooperation; development finance in Africa, political economy of Latin America.


Peer Reviewed Academic Articles

Humphrey, C. (2016). “The Principal in the Shadows: Credit Rating Agencies and Multilateral Development Banks.” Revised and resubmitted to Review of International Organization.

Humphrey, C. (2016). “The Invisible Hand: Financial Pressures and Organizational Convergence in Multilateral Development Banks.” Journal of Development Studies Vol. 52, No. 1, pp 92-112.

Humphrey, C. (2014). “The Politics of Loan Pricing in Multilateral Development Banks.” Review of International Political Economy Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 611-639. Winner, 2013 Swiss Network for International Studies International Geneva Award.

Humphrey, C. and K. Michaelowa. (2013). “Shopping for Development: Multilateral Lending, Shareholder Composition and Borrower Preferences.” World Development Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 142-155.

Peer Reviewed Policy Articles

Humphrey, C. (2016). "Time for a new approach to environmental and social protection at multilateral development banks.” Overseas Development Institute Briefing Paper, April 2016. London: ODI.

Bradlow, D. and C. Humphrey. (2015). “Sustainability and Infrastructure Investment: National Development Banks in Africa.” GEGI Boston University. Boston: Boston University.

Humphrey, C. (2015). “The Impact of Credit Rating Agencies on Multilateral Development Banks.” Policy paper for the Group of 24, October 30, 2015. Washington: G24.

Humphrey, C., S. Griffith-Jones, J. Xu, R. Carey and A. Prizzon. (2015). “Multilateral development banks in the 21st century: three perspectives on China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.” Overseas Development Institute Working and Discussion Paper, December 2015. London: ODI.

Humphrey, C. (2015). “Development Revolution or Bretton Woods Revisited? The prospects of the BRICS New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.” Overseas Development Institute Working Paper, April 2015. London: ODI.

Humphrey, C. (2015). “Challenges and Opportunities for Multilateral Development Banks in 21st Century Infrastructure Finance.” Global Green Growth Institute and G24 special paper series on infrastructure finance and development. Seoul: GGGI.

Humphrey, C. (2015). “National Development Banks and Infrastructure Provision: A Comparative Study of Brazil, China and South Africa.” Global Green Growth Institute and G24 special paper series on infrastructure finance and development. Seoul: GGGI.

Humphrey, C. (2015). “The African Development Bank: Ready to Face the Challenges of the Future?” Swedish Expert Group for Aid Studies Report 4, March 2015. EBA: Stockholm.

Humphrey, C. and A. Prizzon (2014). “Guarantees for development: a review of multilateral development bank operations.” Overseas Development Institute Research Paper, December 2014. London: ODI.

Book Contributions

Humphrey, C. (2015). “Shareholder Interests and Loan ‘Hassle Factors’ at Multilateral Development Banks.” in Susan Park and Jonathan Strand (eds) Global Economic Governance and the Development Practices of the Multilateral Development Banks. New York: Routledge.

Blogs and Opinion Pieces

Humphrey, C. (2016). “How multilateral agencies can move from ‘billions to trillions,’” Beyond BRICS Blog, Financial Times, 30 September 2016.

Humphrey, C. (2016). “Could multilateral banks be lending an extra $1 trillion?” Overseas Development Institute, 6 May 2016.

Humphrey, C. (2016). “The problem with development banks' environmental and social safeguards.” Overseas Development Institute, 14 April 2016.

Humphrey, C. (2015). “China’s AIIB bank set to become major player while new BRICS bank lags behind.” Overseas Development Institute, 30 April 2015.

Humphrey, C. (2015). “Asiatische Infrastrukturinvestmentbank (AIIB): grosser diplomatischer Erfolg für China.” De Facto, University of Zurich Political Science Department, 15 December 2015.

Other Publications

Humphrey, C. (2013). The Business of Development: Borrowers, Shareholders, and the Reshaping of Multilateral Development Lending. Thesis for the London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of International Development. Passed oral examination March 7, 2013 with no revisions; final approval pending.

Molinas Vega, J., G. Facchini and C. Humphrey. (2011). Human Opportunities for Children in Chaco, Argentina. Technical note, LAC Vice-Presidency, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit. Washington D.C.: World Bank.

Humphrey, C. (2008). Operational Innovations in Analytical and Advisory Services. LAC Vice-Presidency, Operations Policy Unit. Washington D.C.: World Bank.

Fretes Cibils, V., C. Humphrey and R. Polastri. (2007). “The Power of Growth to Build a Prosperous Society.” In An Opportunity for a Different Peru: Prosperous, Equitable and Governable, eds. M. Giugale, V. Fretes-Cibils and J. Newman. Washington D.C.: World Bank.

Humphrey, C. (2003). “Narcotics, Economics and Poverty.” In Mexico Southern States Development Strategy, ed. G. Hall. Washington D.C.: World Bank.