Alec Gershberg is the Research Lead for the RISE Political Economy (Adoption) team. He is a senior lecturer in sociology and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow in the International Educational Development Program of the Penn Graduate School of Education. Prior to this, he spent 25 years as a faculty member in the Public and Urban Policy Program at The New School, including the last five years as Chair. He is a specialist in social and education policy, public finance, and economic analysis, with expertise in policy reform processes, institutional analysis, political economy, systems thinking, education finance, accountability, school governance, community participation, and decentralisation. He has undertaken both quantitative and qualitative research and applied policy analysis in Latin America and completed cross-regional analyses on Latin America, East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has been a frequent consultant to a number of the world's leading development organisations and is a founding member of the University of the Future Network.