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People Dr Max Roser

Project Director, Our World In Data at the Oxford Martin School


Project Director

I am studying the long-term evolution of living standards around the world. My work is published in two ways: through open-access web publications and through academic journals.

In 2011 I started my web publication OurWorldInData.org. On this site I tell the social, economic, and environmental history of our world up to the present day. The publication presents empirical research and interactive data visualisations based on a wide rage of academic sources and disciplines. It is a long-term project that I am continuously working on. Another web publication focuses on economic inequality, for the Chartbook of Economic Inequality I have visualised how inequality has changed over the last 100 years in 30 countries.

My research is concerned with inclusive and sustainable growth. Together with the researchers from the Employment, Equity, and Growth programme we created a data set of average incomes in different percentiles across the income distribution. With this data it is now possible to study both the distribution of incomes and the growth of incomes at the same time.

Together with Felix Pretis I have investigated whether the world is on track to achieve economic prosperity in an environmentally sustainable fashion. We have assessed the global socio-economic scenarios underlying the IPCC reports on climate change by comparing them with the recent observational record.

I have a BSc in geoscience, a BA and an MA in philosophy, an MSc in economics, and a doctorate from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

I have done consultancy work for institutions such as the World Bank and the Global Fund and my work has been covered in media outlets including The New York Times, The Financial Times, Business Insider, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, Vox, The Guardian, Rue 89, La Presse (French), and Süddeutsche Zeitung (German).