Professor Noam Yuchtman has joined the Department of Management after winning a Global Professorship from the British Academy.
The Global Professorship programme was formed in 2018 and is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The programme provides funding up to £750,000 to academics in the field of social sciences and humanities, and allows them to relocate to the UK to contribute to research and higher education.
Professor Yuchtman was among the ten academics awarded the Global Professorship, which included scholars from seven different countries over five continents. His research explores the role of partnerships between the state and private enterprises in driving economic growth.
“A great deal of social science research emphasises that constraints on the state can promote economic growth,” says Professor Yuchtman. “However, there are important cases of innovation and economic growth in authoritarian, coercive states – such as in modern-day China. I propose a programme of research over the coming four years to understand the puzzling cases of economic growth under coercion."
Professor Yuchtman’s research will consist of several projects on the effects of coercive political institutions on both historical and contemporary economic development. “This research speaks to two current policy issues,” Professor Yuchtman explains. “First, the role that active government intervention can play in supporting economic growth. Second, understanding how economic growth can occur in authoritarian states, in order to better evaluate the chances of political evolution in these states.”
By joining the Department of Management as part of the Global Professorship programme, Professor Yuchtman will be able to access expert feedback from LSE colleagues across academic departments. The Department of Management is also set to benefit from the appointment.
“I expect my appointment as a Global Professor will help to attract additional scholars working on the interaction between the public and the private sector,” says Professor Yuchtman. “Research visits to London from my co-authors will help increase the international research profile of the Department of Management and bring extraordinary scholars into the Department.”
This article is adapted from a news story on the British Academy website.
Thursday 07 February 2019