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Join in today as Lauchlan Munro talks about non-GDP metrics for development, ideological tool kits, policy development and why the “weight of ideas” matters a great deal.


Lauchlan Munro is the Director, School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa and a socio-economist and manager. Before joining the University of Ottawa, Lauchlan served as Vice-President at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2008 to 2012. From 2004 to 2009, he was Director of Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff to the President of IDRC. From 2000 to 2003, Lauchlan was Chief of Strategic Planning with UNICEF.

Lauchlan also worked for UNICEF in DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Uganda. From 1985 to 1987, he was a member of the Royal Bhutanese Civil Service. Lauchlan is a two-time graduate of the University of Toronto, and he earned his Ph.D. from the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester.