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Anil B. Deolalikar

Dean, School of Public Policy
Professor of Economics
One Health Center of the UC Global Health Institute:
UCR is playing a key role in the creation of a University of California Global Health Institute, a groundbreaking, multi-campus program for global health education, research and partnerships. In partnership with UC Davis, UCR has established the One Health Center, focused on reducing the rate of disease and death resulting from malnutrition, unsafe water and animal- and vector-borne diseases.

Areas of Expertise

Select Honors and Distinctions

  • 2007–present, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1990-91, Robert S. McNamara Fellow, World Bank
  • 1980-81, Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 1979-80, Ford Foundation Award for Dissertation Research


Q: What do you research?
Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the economic problems of developing countries -- why are these countries poor, why do they have such high rates of child malnutrition and such low levels of health and literacy, and what can be done to improve the lives of people in these countries?

Q: How will this research benefit the public?
The research that I and other development economists around the world conduct directly leads to better public policies -- policies that foster economic growth and human development and improve the human condition.

Q: What do you consider your most significant achievement at UCR?
I have been involved in the creation of what will be the first-ever UC system- wide educational program, the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI). Global health is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today -- one that requires scientists from many different disciplines, such as medicine, anthropology, economics, psychology, engineering, and agriculture, to work together. One of the three Centers of Expertise established under the UCGHI will be located at UCR; the One Health Center, which will focus on the links among water, animal health, agriculture, and human health, will be jointly operated by UCR and UC Davis.

Q: What is global health?
Global health is a field that encompasses health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national, racial, ethnic and cultural boundaries. It is different from ‘International Health,' which is more about health policies and systems in countries around the world. While international health emphasizes differences across countries, global health is more focused on their commonalities.

Q: What is the importance of Global Health in California?
California has the largest economy of any US state and one of the 10 largest in the world. Given its power as a global economic force and its geographic location on the Pacific Rim, it is uniquely positioned to accrue the benefits and suffer the losses associated with global health. A recent UCGHI study estimated that global health activities generate $50 billion of business activity (revenue or income) and 350,000 high-quality jobs in the state.

Q: What distinguishes UCR from other universities where your field of research is concerned?
UCR is located in a region of the United States that is truly unique. This region -- Inland Southern California -- is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Rapid population growth and immigration have created problems of environmental degradation, water and food insecurity, suburban sprawl, and large disparities in access to health and quality education in inland Southern California. This makes the region a living laboratory for studying the impact of sound, evidence-based policy-making on the quality of life. Indeed, many of the problems confronting inland Southern California are not too dissimilar from those facing rapidly-growing regions in the developing world, which is fascinating for a development economist like me.