5th UNCTAD YSI Summer School

5th UNCTAD YSI Summer School

July 31 - August 5 2022


Challenges and Opportunities of a New International Economic Order


The summer school is held fully online

The 5th UNCTAD YSI Summer School provides an opportunity to explore the Challenges and Opportunities of a New International Economic Order. The school will bring together UNCTAD experts, academics, diplomats, and young scholars from across the globe for lively and stimulating intellectual debates.

The world economy is in flux. The period following the global financial crisis failed to address the stresses and fractures that led up to it. The looming climate catastrophe, COVID shock and conflict in Ukraine have added further layers of complexity and heightened the uncertainty surrounding existing structures of global economic governance. The future direction of the world economy is subject to multiple forces but ultimately it emerges from the intersection of economic interests and policy choices, at the international as well as the national level.

Needless to say, policy actions taken by systematically more powerful advanced economies, beginning with the United States, continue to weigh most heavily on the direction of trade, financial and technology flows. But if a more balanced and stable international economic order is to emerge, developing countries will need to decide, both individually and collectively, what institutional reforms and policy choices they will need to take to ensure inclusive and sustainable development pathways. What is more crucial, all countries need to be part of the effort to construct the kind of international support that will be needed to support those efforts.


Confirmed thus far:

  • Richard Kozul-Wright | Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD
  • Perry G. Mehrling | Academic Council, INET
  • Anastasia Nesvetailova | Director, Macroeconomic and Development Policies, UNCTAD GDS
  • Lena Lavinas | Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Michael Greenberger | Professor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Orsola Costantini | Economic Affairs Officer , UNCTAD
  • Antonio Andreoni | Research Associate, SOAS, University College London
  • Ariel Luis Wirkierman | Lecturer in Economics, Goldsmiths University
  • Gul Unal | Senior Economist, UNCTAD
  • Susan Newmann | Professor, The Open University
  • Arjun Jayadev | Senior Economist, INET
  • Kevin Gallagher | Associate Professor of Global Economic and Development Policy, Boston University
  • Jamie Martin | Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Certificate of Attendance

To receive certification that you have attended the school, you must:

  • Use the same email address to register for all events
  • Attend at least 4 full days of programming in person online, including each entire speaker session and the YSI follow up discussion in full Note: viewing recordings online will not count towards attendance
  • Attend the Opening & Keynote Addresses in their entirety

Certifications of attendance will be emailed to the email address you used to register within the two weeks following the summer school.

Mentorship Program

The mentorship program allows young scholars a 30 minute 1-on-1 online meeting with a senior scholar to discuss their work and research. This is an amazing opportunity for young scholars to receive guidance and feedback.

To be able to apply to the mentorship program, a certificate of attendance of this year’ summer school is required. Please note that while it is a requirement, it does not guarantee a place within the mentorship program. The application to the mentorship program will only be sent to those who have received their certificate of attendance. Applications for mentorship will be provided about one month after the summer school. At that time, a list of available mentors and the amount of young scholars they are able to speak to will be provided.



UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. The organization is governed by its 194 member States and is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with economic and sustainable development issues with a focus on trade, finance, investment and technology. It helps developing countries to participate equitably in the global economy. UNCTAD carries out economic research, produces innovative analyses and makes policy recommendations to support government decision-making.

Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD

The Division promotes policies at the national, regional and international level that are conducive to stable economic growth and sustainable development. It regularly examines the trends and prospects in the world economy, undertakes studies on the requirements for successful development strategies and on the debt problems of developing countries. It also provides technical support to developing countries in their efforts to integrate into the international financial system and to manage their external debt.

Program & Registration:


Time & Date

Start: July 31 2022

End: August 5 2022

Local partners


, Geneva
Working groups
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Inequality
  • Financial Stability
  • Economic Development
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Behavior and Society
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Africa
  • Complexity Economics
  • Cooperatives
  • Economic History
  • Finance, Law, and Economics
  • Gender and Economics
  • Keynesian Economics
  • Latin America
  • Political Economy of Europe
  • States and Markets
  • Sustainability
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • South Asia
Project Organizers
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Heske van Doornen

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Ajibola Akanji

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Bruno Tomio

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Christopher Pomwene Shafuda

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Derek A. Ocheng

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Diana Soeiro

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Ruvarashe Masocha

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Ryan Martinez

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Sankari Reddy

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Sattwick Dey Biswas

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Shyam Soundararajan

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Tiago Porto

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Timothy Bisakaya

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Yaku Fernandez

For questions, the Project Organizers.