Ilene Grabel

Distinguished University Professor, University of Denver

Co-director, Graduate Program in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration

Josef Korbel School of International Studies


I am a member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Expert Group on Financing for Development (September 2017-Present) and a consultant to UNCTAD’s Division of Globalization and Development Strategies (January-March 2019).  I am an academic partner of Progressive Society, an project of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of the European Parliament. I have participated in an Exit Workshop organized by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the International Monetary Fund (to provide feedback on the IEO’s draft report on “IMF Advice on Unconventional Monetary Policy). I have served as a consultant to the International Poverty Centre for Inclusive Growth of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNCTAD /Group of 24, United Nations University/World Institute for Development Economics Research, and the UNDP’s Human Development Report Office. In addition I have had the opportunity to work with other organizations, such as the NGO Action Aid, the NGO coalition “New Rules for Global Finance,” have been an Expert Advisor to the Third World Network project on capital controls and free trade agreements, served as a member of the Task Force on Regulating Global Capital Flows for Long-Run Development (of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-range Future, Boston University), was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of the European Parliament from 2013-March 2018, and since 1987 have been a staff economist with the Center for Popular Economics.

I have published widely on financial policy and crises, developmental financial architectures, regional and transregional financial arrangements, international financial institutions and global financial governance, international capital flows and capital controls, international financial policies, currency boards and central banks in emerging market and developing countries, and remittances. My recent book, When Things Don’t Fall Apart: Global Financial Governance and Developmental Finance in an Age of Productive Incoherence (The MIT Press, 2017), won the 2018 British International Studies Association International Political Economy Book Prize and the 2019 International Studies Association International Political Economy Best Book Award. My published work can be found at the following links: