Job Title: Director, OPHI
Contact Details: Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) Oxford Department of International Development Queen Elizabeth House (QEH), University of Oxford Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK Tel +44 1865 271915
Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. In addition, she is a Research Associate at Harvard and Vice President of the Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA). Her research interests include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, the measurement of freedoms and human development. Publications include ‘Valuing Freedoms: Sen’s Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction’, as well as articles in Philosophy and Economics. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Magdalen College, University of Oxford
1999 D.Phil. in Economics Thesis: “Operationalizing Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach to Human Development: A Framework for Identifying ‘Valuable’ Capabilities”
1995 M.Sc. in Economics for Development (Webb Medley Prize) Thesis: “The Full or Minimally Decent Life: Empiricization of Sen’s Capabilities Approach in Poverty Measurement”
1994 Thesis in MPhil in Christian Political Ethics Thesis: “The Concept of Poverty Alleviation in the World Bank since 1990: A Theological Analysis”
1992 Diploma of Theology (Distinction in Islam)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1989 Bachelors of Arts in Sociology Cognate: Pre-Medical Studies
“An Extensive Analysis of GNH Index,” with Karma Ura, Tshoki Zangmo and Karma Wangdi. Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2012.
“Beyond Headcount: The Alkire-Foster Approach to Multidimensional Child Poverty Measurement,” with José Manuel Roche in Ortiz, Moreira Daniels and Engilbertsdottir eds, Child Poverty and Inequality: New Perspectives, p 18-22. New York: UNICEF, 2012.
“Case study: Bhutan Gross National Happiness and the GNH index,” with Karma Ura and Tshoki Zangmo in Helliwell, Layard and Sachs, eds, World Happiness Report , p 108-147. New York: Colombia University, 2012.
“GNH and the GNH Index: A Short Guide to Gross National Happiness Index,” with Karma Ura and Tshoki Zangmo. Centre for Bhutan Studies Publication. 2012.
“Beyond headcount: measures that reflect the breadth and components of child poverty,” with José Manuel Roche in Minujin and Nandy eds, Global child poverty and well-being:Measurement, concepts, policy and action, p 103-134. Bristol: Policy Press, 2012, also published as OPHI Working Paper 45.
“Counting and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement,” with James Foster in Journal of Public Economics, 95(7–8), p 476–487. 2011
“Understandings and Misunderstandings of Multidimensional Poverty Measurement,” with James Foster in Journal of Economic Inequality, 9, 2, p 289-314. 2011.
“Where did Identification Go?” with James Foster and Maria Emma Santos in Journal of Economic Inequality, 9, 3, p 501-505. 2011.
“Multidimensional Poverty and its Discontents,” in Measure for Measure: How well do we measure development? Proceedings of the 8th AFD/EUDN Conference, p 53-90. Paris: AFD, 2011.
“Acute Multidimensional Poverty: A new index for developing countries,” with Maria Emma Santos. OPHI Working Paper 38, UNDP HDRO Background Paper 2010/11
“Designing the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index,” with James Foster. OPHI Working Paper 37 and UNDP HDRO Background Paper 2010/28.
“Human Development: Definitions, Critiques, and Related Concepts.” OPHI Working Paper 36 and UNDP HDRO Background Paper 2010/01.
“Winning Ideas: Lessons from Free Market Economics” with Angus Ritchie. OPHI Working paper 6.
“Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in India” with Suman Seth. OPHI Working Paper 15, forthcoming in Social Indicators Research.
“Development: A Misconceived Theory Can Kill,” in Morris, Christopher W. Amartya Sen: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus, p 191-120. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
“The Capability Approach as a Development Paradigm,” in Chiappero-Martinetti, Enrica ed., Debating Global Society: Reach and Limits of the Capability Approach. Milan: Feltrinelli Foundation, 2009.
“A Normative Framework for Development,” with Séverine Deneulin in Deneulin, Séverine and Lila Shahani eds, An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, p 3-21. UK, USA and Canada: Earthscan and International Development Research Centre, 2009.
“The Human Development and Capability Approach,” with Séverine Deneulin, in Deneulin, Séverine and Lila Shahani eds, An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, p 22-48. UK, USA and Canada: Earthscan and International Development Research Centre, 2009.
“Poverty and Inequality Measurement,” with Maria Emma Santos in Deneulin, Séverine and Lila Shahani eds, An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, p 121-161. UK, USA and Canada: Earthscan and International Development Research Centre, 2009.
“Counting and Multidimensional Poverty,” with James Foster, in von Braun, Joachim, Vargas Hill, Ruth and Rajul Pandya-Lorch eds, The Poorest and Hungry: Assessment, Analysis and Actions, p 77-90. Washington DC: International Food Policy Research Institute, 2009.
“Measurement of Multidimensional Poverty in China: Estimation and Policy Implications,” with Wang Xiaolin, Chinese Rural Economy, 12, 4-10. 2009.
“Determining BPL Status: Some Methodological Improvements,” with Suman Seth, The Indian Journal of Human Development, 2 (2), 407-424. July-December, 2009.
“Concepts and Measures of Agency,” in Basu, Kaushik and Ravi Kanbur eds, Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen. Volume I: Ethics, Welfare and Measurement, p 455-474. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
“Choosing Dimensions: The Capability Approach and Multidimensional Poverty,” in Kakwani, Nanak and Jaques Silber eds, The Many Dimensions of Poverty, p 89-119. Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008.
The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications, co-edited with Flavio Comim and Mozaffar Qizilbash eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
“Introduction,” with Flavio Comim and Mozaffar Qizilbash in co-edited with Flavio Comim and Mozaffar Qizilbash eds, The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications, p 1-25. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
“Using the Capability Approach: Prospective and Evaluative Analyses,” in co-edited with Flavio Comim and Mozaffar Qizilbash eds, The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications, p 26-50. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
“The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data: Introduction to the Special Issue,” in Oxford Development Studies, 35 (4), 347-359. 2007.
“Agency and empowerment: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators,” with Solava Ibrahim in Oxford Development Studies, 35 (4), 379-403. 2007.
“Measuring Freedoms Alongside Well-Being,” in Gough, Ian and J Allister McGregor eds, Well-Being in Developing Countries: New Approaches and Research Strategies, p 93-108. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
“Public Debate and Value Construction in Sen’s Approach,” in Kaufman, Alexander ed. Capabilities Equality: Basic Issues and Problems, p 133-154. London: Routledge, 2006.
“Needs and Capabilities,” in Reader, Soran ed., The Philosophy of Need, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 80, 229-252. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
“Medical Exceptionalism in International Migration: Should Doctors and Nurses be Treated Differently?” with Lincoln Chen, in Tomas, Kristof and Joakim Palme eds, Globalizing Migration Regimes, p 100-117. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
“Structural Injustice and Democratic Practice: The Trajectory in Sen’s Writings,” in Deneulin, Séverine Nebel, Mathias and Nicholas Sagovsky eds, Transforming Unjust Structures: The Capability Approach, p 47-62. Dordrecht: Springer, 2006.
“Religion and Development,” in Clark, David Alexander ed., The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, p 502-510. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006.
“Subjective Quantitative Studies of Human Agency,” Social Indicators Research, 74 (1), 217-260. October, 2005.
Valuing Freedoms: Sen’s Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
“Why the Capability Approach?” Journal of Human Development, 6 (1), 115-135. March, 2005.
“Global Health and Moral Values,” with Lincoln Chen, The Lancet, 364 (9439), 1069-1074. September, 2004.
“The Role of External Actors,” in Rao, Vidjayendra and Michael Walton eds, Culture and Public Action: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue on Development Policy, p 185-209. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004.
“Concepts of Human Security,” in Chen, Lincoln C, Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko and Ellen Seidensticker eds, Human Insecurity in a Global World, p 15-40. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.
“Dimensions of Human Development,” World Development, 30 (2), 181-205. February, 2002.
“Global Citizenship and Common Values,” in Dower, Nigel and John Williams eds, Global Citizenship: A Critical Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002.
“Individual Motivation, its Nature, Determinants and Consequences for within Group Behaviour,” with Séverine Deneulin, p 51-75, in Heyer, Judith, Stewart, Frances and Rosemary Thorp, eds, Group Motivation and Development: Is the Market Destroying Cooperation?, WIDER Studies in Development Economics, p 51-73. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
“The Basic Dimensions of Human Flourishing: A Comparison of Accounts,” in Biggar, Nigel and Rufus Black eds, The Revival of Natural Law, p 73-110. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2001.
“A Practical Reasoning Theory of Development Ethics: Furthering the Capabilities Approach,” with Rufus Black, Journal of International Development, 9 (2), 263-279. April, 1997.
“Farmers’ Access to Information and its Impact on Technology Adoption in NWFP, Pakistan,” co-author, Journal of Rural Development and Administration XXIV. 1992.