Clive Thomas is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Guyana.
He has held Visiting Professorships in Africa (University of Dar-es Salaam), Canada (Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Norman Patterson School of International Relations), United States (Leonard O’Connor Professor, Colgate University), and the West Indies (George Beckford Professor in Political Economy).
He has authored/co-authored 30 books/research monographs/papers (including: Guyana: Countering the Risks of Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Arms Proliferation (With Addendum). IDS Working Paper 12/13, December 2013. Eight Essays on the Amaila Falls Hydro Project. IDS Working Paper 8/13, August 2013. Thirty Years After the Third World Debt Crisis: Sovereign Debt Stress in CARICOM (With Specific Reference to Guyana). IDS Working Paper 1/13, January 2013. Review of Selected Areas of Research on the Caribbean Region Since the 2000s: Identifying the Main Research Gaps (Economic Issues, Social and Cultural Development, Environment, International Relations and Policy Studies). Study prepared for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, March 2011, co-authored with Dr. Thomas Singh. Too Big To Fail: A Scoping Study of The Small and Medium Scale Gold and Diamond Mining Industry in Guyana. Study prepared for the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association, Georgetown, Guyana. November 2009. The Concerns of Small States in the Global Trade Regime: Making Global Trade Work For People, UNDP, 2005. Poverty and the 1999 Guyana Survey of Living Conditions, UNDP, 2000. Guyana: Human Development Report, 1996, UNDP, 1997. The Poor and the Powerless: Economic Policy and Change in the Caribbean, Latin American Bureau and Monthly Review Press, London/New York, 1988. Sugar: Threat or Challenge (An Assessment of the Impact of Technological Developments in High Fructose Syrups and Sucro-chemicals), IDRC, Ottawa, 1985 (This has been translated into French (1986) and Spanish (1987) editions). The Rise of the Authoritarian State in Peripheral Societies, Heinemann and Monthly Review Press, London/New York, 1984. Plantations, Peasants and State (A Study of the Modes of Sugar Production), University of California at Los Angeles (CAAS) and ISER, University of the West Indies, 1984. Dependence and Transformation, Monthly Review Press, London/New York, 1974. The Dynamics of West Indian Economic Integration (with Havelock Brewster), University of the West Indies, Jamaica, 1967. Monetary and Financial Arrangements in a Dependent Monetary Economy, ISER, University of the West Indies, 1965. Reprinted 1974.
He has also published over 154 academic articles and contributions to books/research monographs and presented invited papers to a similar number of academic conferences, symposia, and seminars
His major fields of research interests and publications include:
Development Economics, with special emphasis on the following areas: growth, trade, finance, agriculture (sugar), environment, natural resources (gold, bauxite, forestry) institutional development, and political economy.
Social Sector Economics, with special emphasis on social policy; poverty analysis and eradication measures; labour; community-based organisations; non-governmental organisations and civil society; health; and education.
International Development and Trade Policy, with special emphasis on globalisation, international crises, regional cooperation and North-South trade arrangements with special reference to the Caribbean region and the EPA.
Macroeconomics and Finance, with applications to small open economies.
Problems of Size: Small and Micro-economies.
Global Environmental Policy Issues, with emphasis on global negotiations; carbon credit markets and the financial securitization of “nature”; and low-carbon development strategies (Guyana’s LCDS).