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Lorenzo Fioramonti
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Lorenzo Fioramonti ( is Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University.

Prof. Fioramonti is the first and only Jean Monnet Chair in Africa, a prestigious recognition awarded by the European Commission to distinguished academics. In 2012, Prof. Fioramonti received the UP Exceptional Young Researcher Award. His most recent book is Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number (Zed Books 2013), which deals with the political interests behind the Gross Domestic Product and the dogma of economic growth.

In 2014, he will publish two new books How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics (Zed Books 2014) and The Age of Participation: Civil Society and the Governance of the Commons (Bloomsbury Academics 2014). For a brief animation about the GDProblem, click here.