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Lifting the world out of poverty

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Dr Max Roser has been described as “the data-driven optimist” for his work on the evolution of living standards around the world. His research is concerned with inclusive and sustainable growth, and the inequality of living conditions between world citizens. He will be giving a talk on his interest and work towards understanding and eradicating world poverty.

Dr Roser is an economist working at the University of Oxford. His research is concerned with inclusive and sustainable growth, and the inequality of living conditions between world citizens. These interests date back to his time as an undergraduate, when he studied philosophy and geoscience in addition to economics.

He publishes his work in two ways: through open-access web publications and academic journals. In 2011 he started his web publication OurWorldInData.org. On this site he deals with the social, economic, and environmental history of our world up to the present day. The publication presents empirical research and interactive data visualisations based on a wide rage of academic sources and disciplines. He has also created The Chartbook of Economic Inequality, which visualises how inequality has changed over the last 100 years in 30 countries.

Max has a BSc in geoscience, a BA and an MA in philosophy, an MSc in economics, and a doctorate from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has done consultancy work for institutions such as the World Bank and the Global Fund. His work has been covered in media outlets including The New York Times, The Financial Times, Business Insider, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, Vox, The Guardian, Rue 89, La Presse (French), and Süddeutsche Zeitung (German).

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