Cristóbal (Cris) Kay is Emeritus Professor in Rural Development and Development Studies at the ISS; Professorial Research Associate of the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador; and Associate Professor, Unidad Académica en Estudios de Desarrollo, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico.
He studied at the School of Economics at the University of Chile in Santiago and received his D.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Sussex in 1971. Before joining the ISS in 1989 he was a fellow of the Centre of Socio-Economic Studies (CESO) at the University of Chile in Santiago, a visiting professor at the Catholic University in Lima, Peru, and a lecturer in development studies at the University of Glasgow. He also was a member of the Technical-Scientific Council of the Centre of Cooperation for Rural Development (CCDR), University of Lleida, Spain and Adjunct Professor in International Development Studies (IDS) at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
His research interests are in the fields of rural development and development theory, with particular reference to Latin America. He has published several books, over 40 book chapters and over 100 articles in a variety of professional journals. For a list of his publications, which does not include those published before 1985, click on the Publications tab.
He has taught a variety of courses mainly at postgraduate level on rural development, development theory, development policy and Latin American studies. He has done consultancies for the ILO (Geneva), CEPAL/ ECLAC (Santiago), CIDA (Canada), VLIR (Belgium), ICCO (Netherlands/ Bolivia), IFAD (Rome), UNDP (New York), SIDA/ ASDI (Sweden).
He is a member of the Society of Latin America Studies (SLAS), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Development Studies Association UK and Ireland (DSA), the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), the Seminario Permanente de Investigacion Agraria (SEPIA) in Peru, the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Sociologia Rural (ALASRU), the Netherlands Research School for Resource Studies of Development (CERES), and the Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS).
He is an editor of the Journal of Agrarian Change (JAC). He was the editor of The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) and co-editor of the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS).
Currently he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Revista Mexicana de Sociologia (Mexico), Cuadernos de Desarrollo Rural (Colombia), Asian Journal of Latinamerican Studies (Korea), The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR), Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Rurales (RELAER), Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR), AGER: Revista de Estudios sobre Despoblación y Desarrollo Rural (Spain), Revista Interdisciplinaria de Estudios Agrarios (Argentina), Estudios Críticos del Desarrollo (Mexico), Eutopia: Revista de Desarrollo Económico Territorial (Ecuador), The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS) and the Canadian Journal of Development Research.
He was also for many years on the Editorial Advisory Board Lateinamerika Analysen (Germany), ALASRU: Análisis Latinoamericano del Medio Rural, and the Journal of International Development (JID).