Gilles Carbonnier profil


Spoken languages
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • Climate, climate change, natural disasters
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • Energy
  • Governance and state
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • South America
  • Middle East



PhD in Economics, Neuchâtel University

Gilles Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute and, since April 2018, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). His research and publications focus on the economics of humanitarian crises and responses, the energy-commodity trade-development nexus, as well as international development cooperation. Until early 2018, he served as Editor-in-Chief of International Development Policy and President of the Board of Directors of CERAH, the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action.

Professor Carbonnier has over 20 years of professional experience in international trade, development cooperation and humanitarian action. From 1989 to 1991, he was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and El Salvador. He joined the ICRC again from 1999 to 2006 as the organisation’s economic adviser and head of private-sector relations. Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international development cooperation programmes and multilateral trade negotiations with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and advised Vietnam on its accession to the WTO between 1996 and 1999.

Gilles Carbonnier served as Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes until 2017 and sits in the Federal Commission for International Development Cooperation and advises investment funds over sustainability and human rights issues.


Expertise details

  • Energy, Natural resources, extractive economies, commodities

  • Armed conflicts, violence (Political economy of armed conflicts and post-war transitions)

  • Corporate responsibility, public-private partnerships

  • Development, cooperation and aid policies

  • Humanitarian action, intervention

  • Multilateral diplomacy and international negotiation, soft governance

Research Projects


  • Governance of natural resources
  • Illicit financial flows
  • Policy coherence for development
  • The economics of conflict and disaster




  • Humanitarian Economics – War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market (2015), New York/London: Oxford University Press/Hurst.

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Research papers

  • Oil, Gas and Minerals: The Impact of Resource-Dependence and Governance on Sustainable Development, with N. Wagner and F. Brugger, CCDP Working Paper No. 8. September 2011, Geneva: The Graduate Institute.
  • Asian and African Development Trajectories: Revisiting Facts and Figures, with P. Chakraborky and E. Dalla Mulle. Working Paper 1, International Development Policy. Geneva: IHEID. 14 December 2010.
  • Les effets économiques de l’aide publique au développement en Suisse, avec M. Zarin-Nejadan, Institute of Economic Research Working papers, No. 09-01, University of Neuchâtel, 2009.
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