Lorenzo Fioramonti

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  • Lorenzo Fioramonti is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria and the founding director of GovInn (the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation). He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance, Germany, and Associate Fellow at UNU-CRIS (the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies).

    Professor Fioramonti is the author of 9 books, including the bestselling Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number. According to the Hedgehog Review, Gross Domestic Problem is one three most influential books on the gross domestic product published in the 21st century. His research interests range from the social dimension of regional governance to EU studies, civil society, migration and human development, the governance of the commons and alternative political economies.

    Fioramonti’s work has been endorsed by public intellectuals such as Vandana Shiva, Susan George, Raj Patel and Kumi Naidoo, the executive director of the environmental organization Greenpeace. Professor Fioramonti is also the first and only Jean Monnet Chair in Africa, a prestigious recognition awarded by the European Commission to distinguished academics in the field of regional integration studies. In 2012, Professor Fioramonti received the UP Exceptional Young Researcher Award and in 2014 he was nominated UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People. 

    His most recent books include: How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics (Zed Books 2014), Civil Society and World Regions (Lexington 2014), Citizens vs. Markets: How Civil Society is Rethinking the Economy in Times of Crisis (Routledge 2013) and Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number (Zed Books 2013).

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