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Jonathan London

Associate professor Global Political Economy

Dr. J.D. London
+31 71 527 2732

Jonathan D. London is Associate Professor of Global Political Economy - Asia at the Leiden Institute of Area Studies. He has previously held positions at the City University of Hong Kong and Nanyang Technological University. London is a leading scholar of contemporary Vietnam. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Jonathan London's research interests span the fields of comparative political economy, development studies, and the political economy of welfare and inequality. Fluent in Vietnamese, London is author of the first and only Vietnamese language blog on Vietnamese politics written by a foreigner. He has served as an analyst for such international organizations as UNDP, UNICEF, and OXFAM. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
M.S. (Sociology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
Graduate certificate (Peace Research), University of Oslo, 1991

Grants and awards

2016 - Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE), funded by DFID – Research for Improving Vietnam’s Education System. 2016-2022, with Paul Glewwe, Joan Dejaeghere, Le Thuc Duc, and others

2016 - Hong Kong Grants Council – General Research Fund. Hospital Autonomy in Vietnam

United Nations (UNDP), Viet Nam Human Development Report, 2015. – Output: Background paper: “Essential Services and Inclusive Growth: Efficiency, Equity,
Governance” 75pp.

United Nations Development Program, UNDP Policy Discussion Paper, 2013. Output: Paper on essential Services, “The Benefits and Limitations of “Socialization: The
Political Economy of Services in Viet Nam’.” 100 pp.

United Nations (UNDP), Viet Nam Human Development Report, 2010-11. – Outputs: (Background papers): (1) “Balancing Means with Ends: Institutional Responsibilities
for the Provision and Payment for Education and Health Services.” November 2010, 82 pp. (2)

“Aligning Organizational Interests with Public Needs: Service Delivery Challenges in Viet Nam’s Education and Health Sectors.” November 2010, 27 pp.

United Nations/Like-Minded Group, Viet Nam’s Development Challenges, 2010. – Leader, Governance and Social Affairs Section 2009-2010 with Brian Van Arkadie and others. Output: Development Challenges in a Middle-income Viet Nam. July 2010. 236 pp.

UNICEF Viet Nam, Mid-term Poverty Assessment for Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. 2008. Output: “Child Poverty in Viet Nam – Mid-Term Review. Sole author.

UNICEF Viet Nam, Food Prices and Vulnerability, Viet Nam, 2008. – Output: “Food Prices and Vulnerability in Viet Nam.” UNICEF 2008. Sole author, later revised
a published with Paul van Ufford.

New York Time Article: Outrage Over Fish Kill in Vietnam Simmers 6 Months Later


Associate professor Global Political Economy

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Indonesie


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