Researching the politics of development



Professor Cynthia Sanborn



Cynthia Sanborn is Vice President for Research 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. She has also been a member of the national working group of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Peru, representing the university sector, and was president of the board of the Peruvian Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES), a 48-member association of public and private universities, thinktanks and NGOs, from 2013 to 2016.

ESID publications

Bebbington, M., Abdulai, A., Bebbington, D., Hinfelaar, M. and Sanborn, C. (2018). Governing Extractive Industries: Politics, Histories, Ideas, Oxford University Press.
Sanborn, C., Ramírez, T. and Hurtado, V. (2017). ‘Mining, political settlements and inclusive development in Peru‘, ESID Working Paper No. 79.  Manchester.
Bebbington, A. with Gafaru, A.-G., Hinfelaar, M., Humphreys Bebbington, D. and Sanborn, C. (2017). ‘Political settlements and the governance of extractive industry: A comparative analysis of the longue durée in Africa and Latin America‘, ESID Working Paper No. 81. Manchester.

Other recent publications

Ray, R., Gallagher, K., Lopez, A. and Sanborn, C. (eds.) (2017). China and Sustainable Development in Latin America: The Social and Environmental Dimension. London: Anthem Press.
Sanborn, C. and Chonn Ching, V. (2017). ´Chinese-Peruvian relations in the mining sector: Learning step by step’, in M. Myers and C. Wise (eds.), The Political Economy of China–Latin American Relations in the New Millennium.  New York and London: Routledge.
Sanborn, C., Hurtado, V. and Ramírez, T. (2016). ´La consulta previa en el Peru: avances y retos‘ (“Prior consultation in Peru: Advances and challenges”). Lima: Universidad del Pacifico, Documento de Investigación 6.
Sanborn, C. and Yong, A. (2014). ‘Peru’s economic boom and the Asian connection’, in Cynthia Arnson and Jorge Heine (eds.), Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center.
Sanborn, C. and Chonn Ching, V. (2014). ‘Making way for mines: Chinese investment in Peru’, in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Winter.
Sanborn, C. and Paredes, A. (2014). ‘Consulta Previa: Peru‘, Americas Quarterly Working Paper, Spring.
Sanborn, C. and Dammert B., J. L. (2013). ‘Extracción de recursos naturales, desarrollo económico e inclusión social: Peru’, Americas Quarterly/Council on the Americas, Working Paper.
Sanbron, C. (2010). ‘China Inc., las industrias extractivas y el Perú: un estudio exploratorio’, in C. A. Sanborn and V. Torres, La economía china y las industrias extractivas: desafíos para el Peru. Lima: Fondo Editorial de la UP y CooperAcción.
Castro, J. F., Morón, E. and Sanborn, C. (2009). ‘Helping reforms deliver inclusive growth in Peru’, in Liliana Rojas-Suarez (ed.) (2009), Growing Pains in Latin America: An Economic Growth Framework as Applied to Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru. Washington DC: Center for Global Development.

Further information

Blog: La Brujula.
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