Effective States and Inclusive Development

Professor Cynthia Sanborn



Cynthia Sanborn is Director at the Research Center at the Universidad del Pacífico (CIUP) and Professor of Political Science at the same university. She is lead researcher on the ESID Politics of natural resources project in Peru.


Cynthia has written and edited articles and books on issues related to politics and development in Latin America, including work on corporate social responsibility and the extractive industries, and on Chinese investment in Peru and the Andes.

She is currently part of the Working Group on Development and the Environment in the Americas, based at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-range Future at Boston University. She has held the William Henry Bloomberg Chair at Harvard University, where she was also Director of the Program on Philanthropy, Civil Society and Social Change in Latin America (PASCA).

Other activities

Cynthia has been a program officer for the Ford Foundation in New York and Santiago de Chile, and a consultant for various other foundations and development agencies. Since 2007, she has been a member of the national Working Group of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Peru, representing the university sector. She is currently President of the Board of the Peruvian Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES), a 48-member association of public and private universities, think tanks and NGOs.

ESID publications

Forthcoming: ‘Natural resource extraction and inclusive development in Peru’.

Other recent publications

‘Peru’s economic boom and the Asian connection’, in Cynthia Arnson and Jorge Heine (eds.) (2014), Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century, Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center (with Alexis Yong).

‘Making way for mines: Chinese investment in Peru’, in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Winter 2014 (with Victoria Chonn Ching).

Consulta Previa: Peru‘, Americas Quarterly Working Paper, 2014 (with Alvaro Paredes).

‘Extracción de recursos naturales, desarrollo económico e inclusión social: Peru’, Americas Quarterly/Council on the Americas, Working Paper, 2013 (with Juan Luis Dammert).

‘China Inc., las industrias extractivas y el Perú: un estudio exploratorio’, in Cynthia A. Sanborn and Victor Torres (2010) La economía china y las industrias extractivas: desafíos para el Peru, Lima: Fondo Editorial de la UP y CooperAcción.

‘Helping reforms deliver inclusive growth in Peru’, in Liliana Rojas-Suarez (ed.) (2009), Growing Pains in Latin America, Washington DC: Center for Global Development (with Eduardo Morón and Juan Francisco Castro).

Further information

Blog: La Brujula.
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