Researcher biography

Vani K Borooah is Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.  He was born in India and came to England in 1973 as a postgraduate student to the University of Southampton. After taking his PhD from Southampton in 1977, he joined the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge as a Research Officer.  He was concurrently Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge.  In 1987, he was appointed to the Chair in Applied Economics at the University of Ulster.  Professor Borooah is past President of the European Public Choice Society and of the Irish Economic Association and is Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland.  His work has been mainly in the areas of unemployment, inequality, poverty and development.