Measurement of the Sustainable Development Goals

19 February 2019, 17:00 - 19:00

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Professor Mary Morgan (LSE)


Recipes for creating economic development have changed radically since the international community first thought to intervene in such historical processes soon after WWII.  During this time, views about how to measure development have also changed dramatically, moving from relatively simple to relatively complex measurement systems.  This seminar charts these changes from using GNP per head to the Sustainable Development Goals and analyses the potential performativity of those numbers in prompting and guiding development, and for creating accountability.


This presentation draws on the paper: “Measuring Development - from the UN’s perspective” by Mary S. Morgan and Maria Bach, recently published in History of Political Economy, 2018, 50 (S1): 193-210




Open to all. No registration required
Part of The Politics of Economics Research Network Series