Center for the History of Global Development

Iris Borowy

Iris  Borowy is Distinguished Professor at Shanghai University. She was educated at the Universities of Tübingen, Germany, and Maryland at College Park, USA. In 1989 she received her M.A. in contemporary history, economics and American Studies, followed by a Ph.D. (1997) and a habilitation (2007) from the University of Rostock, Germany. She has worked at the University of Rostock, Aachen (Germany) and at the Centre Alexandre Koyré (Paris), as well as acting as adjunct lecturer or visiting scholar at the Leuphana Universität (Lüneburg, Germany), at the Casa Oswaldo Cruz / FIOCRUZ (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), at the University of Bergen (Norway) and at Birkbeck University, London. 

Iris Borowy’s research has addressed the history of international health and its relations to economic and environmental policies of international organizations. Building on that, her recent work has focused on development concepts, particularly that of sustainable development. 

Her publications include Coming to Terms with World Health. The League of Nations Health Organisation (2009) and Defining Sustainable Development for Our Common Future. A history of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) (2014). Her upcoming volume, co-edited with Matthias Schmelzer, on the history of ideas and policies of economic growth and degrowth, will be published by Routledge in 2017. At present, she is working on a project on the policies of international organizations regarding waste.