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Kalim was born in Azamgarh, UP State, India. He gained his MA in Economics from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where he was taught by Krishna Bharadwaj, Amit Bhaduri, Prabhat Patnaik, Sheila Bhalla, Utsa Patnaik and Shafique Naqvi, among others. He started his academic career as a research associate at the University of Bergen, Norway, in 1989, while also working on his PhD. As a result, besides speaking several North Indian languages, Kalim is also fluent in Norwegian. Between 1991 and 1992, he carried out extensive research on the economic conditions of the peasantry in Uttar Pradesh state, India. Due to his keen interest in global development issues, he undertook a PhD in 1995 in Economics at the University of Bradford. To strengthen his knowledge and skills in PhD supervision tasks, Kalim completed the Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Development in Research Supervision from the University of Huddersfield. Kalim has published more than 160 academic papers in refereed journals and his academic papers have been published in various languages including French, Norwegian, Swedish, Persian, and Indonesian.

Career History

Over the last 35 years, he has been an academic and taught in Universities in Norway and UK. He has taught undergraduates and postgraduates of many nationalities from diverse cultural backgrounds at Universities, and this has strengthened his belief in the need for a wider approach to development issues. He has been active in curriculum development at undergraduate levels and has developed a range of economics modules. Kalim moved from Norway to the UK in 1996. Kalim’s professional and academic career spans over more than three decades in higher educational institutions in the UK and Norway.
Kalim’s research interests include political economy, international trade, comparative and historical economics, South Asia, and emerging economies. He has gained a wide range of experience, teaching Development Economics at the University of Bergen (1989-1996), the University of Bradford (1997-1999), and at the University of Leeds (2000-2001).
Kalim has to date graduated as main supervisor more than 16 PhD students, in the fields of International Economics, Trade, Foreign Capital Investments, Economic
policy and Development Economics. He has acted as an external and internal PhD examiner for over 65 students and at over 12 UK universities. He has lectured at various institutions in countries such as Norway, India, China, Hong Kong, China, Pakistan, and Poland.
Kalim supervises several doctoral students, and he would like to supervise PhD students in the following areas: International political economy, international trade, international economics, South Asian and emerging economies, globalisation, growth, and inequality. He also serves as a visiting lecturer at Higher Academic Institutions in India. Kalim has presented papers on his research at international conferences in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, China, India, Pakistan, the USA, and UK.

Kalim has contributed chapters in edited books and articles in refereed journals:

International Journal of Political Economy, International Critical Thought, World Review of Political Economy, Journal of Asian Public Policy, International Review of Applied Economics, Asian Profile, Real-World Economics Review, World Financial Review, Argumenta Oeconomica Cracoviensia, Alternatives Sud, Istanbul Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Policy Researches, Social Scientist, Economic and Political Weekly, Equilibrium Quarterly Journal of Economics, Research in World Economy, Research in Applied Economics, Journal of Economic Policy Researches, Athens Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Economics and Political Economy, International Journal of Social and Economic Research, and Turkish Economic Review.

Research Expertise and Interests

Kalim’s research focuses on international political economy, trade, development, growth, and distribution. His principal research interests lie broadly in the political economy of development, economic history and economic policy. More specifically, he is interested in globalisation, the international political economy of growth, poverty, inequality and development. His interests also include Fiscal policy, the economics of austerity, financialisation and the role of the financial sector, including the evolution of economic systems and the impacts of financialisation on the real economy and society.

Kalim has made significant research contributions in trade policy, globalisation, economic policy and political economy. He has published on industrialisation, international trade and political economy. Kalim has a long experience in research in some of the above fields and has published many articles in distinguished journals.

He is currently working on international issues such as economic and developmental policy, fiscal policy and economics of austerity, foreign direct investment, international finance, globalisation, the role of the state in economic change; financial and industrial policy and technology policy; industrialisation and trade; privatisation and regulation; theories of institutions and morality; and developmental issues, especially in South and East Asia.

Kalim’s main research is on trends in global capitalist development, trade and especially the nature and role of the state. He has been concerned with problems of growth, unemployment, poverty and inequality in developing countries. He has written extensively on development economics, economic reforms, the political economy of development, and international trade. His research spans several important fields, including globalisation economy, growth strategies, trade theory and policies and development economics. His contribution as an economic theorist lies in compellingly challenging the mainstream theory, bringing even into formal analysis the role of power in analysing the market economy.

Kalim is a staunch critic of ‘corporate-led development strategies’ and ‘neo-liberal development models’ that have emerged in India and other developing countries in the wake of globalisation. He is seeking and articulating alternative development strategies that are more inclusive and mobilising the poor people that are currently excluded from the growth process.

Kalim has a wide range of research interests. They can be classified into four broad domains: International Political Economy, Industrial Policy, Development Economics, Economic History, Economic Policy, and International Trade. He has published books, articles in edited books and refereed journals. His publications are in the areas of Political Economy, International Development, Globalisation, International Trade, Industrial Policy, FDI, Macro-economic reforms, Economic Policy, Emerging Economies and Economic Theories and Policies. On these topics, he has carried out research since 1985.

Kalim has published on theoretical arguments in about issues such trade and economic liberalisation and critiqued, and also on the international political economy. The problems of Global South with respect to financial fragility and the greater propensity to crisis, as well as the negative deflationary and developmental effects, are being analysed. He finds that there is a strong case that the current international financial systems of Bretton Woods ensure that the developing countries need their own financial systems, which should be adequately regulated with respect to their own specific requirements.

Kalim Siddiqui is a staunch critic of neoliberal economic policies and domination of global economy by a handful of rich countries. And on developing countries, according to him, the adoption of neoliberal globalisation since the 1990s, higher economic growth has been accompanied by an increase in the magnitude of absolute poverty. The only solution is to more state intervention, especially in social, education and health sectors to improve the living conditions of the poor in the developing countries.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Expertise and Interests

  • International trade
  • Global uneven development
  • Growth and distribution
  • Macroeconomics
  • Development Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Economic Policy, Public Policy Analysis
  • South Asian Countries
  • Economic Development
  • Development Studies
  • International Development
  • Global Inequality and Sustainable Development Strategies


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