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Dr Sabina Alkire

Director, OPHI, and Associate Professor

Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID. In addition, she is a Research Associate at Harvard University 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, an Msc in Economics for Development and an MPhil in Christian Political Ethics from the University of Oxford.

Sabina Alkire teaches research methods and lectures on the core course in development studies for the MPhil in Development Studies, as well as offering an option on Poverty and Human Development. 

ODID Research Students supervised

Books and Monographs

Alkire, Sabina (with Paola Ballon, James Foster, Jose Manuel Roche, Maria Emma Santos, Suman Seth) (2015) Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis: A Counting Approach, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Alkire, Sabina (with F Comim, M Qizilbash) (2008) (eds) The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2005) Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Monograph)

Journal Articles and Special Issues

Alkire, Sabina (with Suman Seth) (2015) 'Multidimensional Poverty Reduction in India between 1999 and 2006: Where and How?', World Development 72: 93-108 (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina (2014) 'Measuring Acute Poverty in the Developing World: Robustness and Scope of the Multidimensional Poverty Index', World Development 59: 251-74 (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina (with Suman Seth) (2013) 'Selecting a Targeting Method to Identify BPL Households in India', Social Indicators Research 112 (2): 417-46 (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina (with Maria Emma Santos) (2013) 'A Multidimensional Approach: Poverty Measurement and Beyond', Social Indicators Research 112 (2): 239-57 (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Amber Peterman, Agnes Quisumbing, Greg Seymour and Ana Vaz) (2013) 'The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index', World Development 52: 71–91 (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina (with Andy Sumner) (2013) 'Multidimensional Poverty and the Post-2015 MDGs', Development 56 (1): 46-51 (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina, J Foster (2011) 'Counting and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement', Journal of Public Economics 95(7-8): 476-87

Alkire, Sabina, W Xiaolin (2009) 'Measurement of Multidimensional Poverty in China: Estimationa and Policy Implications', Chinese Rural Economy 12: 4-10

Alkire, Sabina, S Seth (2009) 'Determining BPL Status: Some Methodological Improvements', Indian Journal of Human Development 2(2): 407-24

Alkire, Sabina, S Ibrahim (2007) 'The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data: Introduction to the Special Issue', Oxford Development Studies 35(4): 379-403

Alkire, Sabina, S Ibrahim (2007) 'Agency and Empowerment: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators', Oxford Development Studies 35(4): 379-403

Alkire, Sabina (2005) 'Subjective Quantitative Studies of Human Agency', Social Indicators Research 74(1): 217-60

Alkire, Sabina (2005) 'Why the Capability Approach', Journal of Human Development 6(1): 115-35

Alkire, Sabina, L Chen (2004) 'Global Health and Moral Values', The Lancet 364(9439): 1069-74

Alkire, Sabina (2002) 'Dimensions of Human Development', World Development 30(2): 181-205

Alkire, Sabina, R Black (1997) 'A Practical Reasoning Theory of Development Ethics: Furthering the Capabilities Approach', Journal of International Develoment 9(2): 263-79

Alkire, Sabina, R Black, D Clough, E Gregory (1994) 'This Unemployment, Disaster or Opportunity', Theology 97(780): 402-13

Chapters

Alkire, Sabina, Jose Manuel Roche (2012) 'Beyond Headcount: The Alkire-Foster Approach to Multidimensional Child Poverty Measurement'. In Isabel Ortiz, Louise Moreira Daniels, Sólrún Engilbertsdóttir (eds) Child Poverty and Inequality: New Perspectives, UNICEF

Alkire, Sabina (2011) 'Multidimensional Poverty and Its Discontents'. Measure for Measure: How Well do We Measure Development?, Paris: AFD, EUDN

Alkire, Sabina (2010) 'Development: A Misconceived Theory Can Kill'. In C Morris (ed) Amartya Sen: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2009) 'The Capability Approach as a Development Paradigm'. In E Chiappero-Martinetti (ed) Debating Global Society: Reach and Limits of the Capability Approach, Milan: Feltrinelli Foundation

Alkire, Sabina, S Deneulin (2009) 'A Normative Framework for Development'. In S Deneulin, L Shahani (eds) An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, Earthscan, International Development Research Centre

Alkire, Sabina, S Deneulin (2009) 'The Human Development and Capability Approach'. In S Deneulin, L Shahani (eds) An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, Earthscan and International Development Research Centre

Alkire, Sabina, M E Santos (2009) 'Poverty and Inequality Measurement'. In S Deneulin, L Shahani (eds) An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, Earthscan and International Development Research Centre

Alkire, Sabina, J Foster (2009) 'Counting and Multidimensional Poverty'. In J von Braun, R Vargas Hill, R Pandya-Lorch (eds) The Poorest and Hungry: Assessment, Analysis and Actions, Washington DC: International Food Policy Research Institute

Alkire, Sabina (2008) 'Concepts and Measures of Agency'. In K Basu, R Kanbur (eds) Arguments for a Better World: Essasys in Honour of Amartya Sen; Volume 1: Ethics, Welfare and Measurement, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2008) 'Choosing Dimensions: The Capability Approach and Multidimensional Poverty'. In N Kakwani, J Silber (eds) The Many Dimensions of Poverty, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Alkire, Sabina (with F Comim, M Qizilbash) (2008) 'Introduction'. In F Comim, M Qizilbash, S Alkire (eds) The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2008) 'Using the Capability Approach: Prospective and Evaluative Analyses'. In F Comim, M Qizilbash, S Alkire (eds) The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2007) 'Measuring Freedoms Alongside Well-Being'. In I Gough, J Allister McGregor (eds) Well-Being in Developing Countries: New Approaches and Research Strategies, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2006) 'Public Debate and Value Construction in Sen's Approach'. In A Kaufman (ed) Capabilities Equality: Basic Issues and Problems, London: Routledge

Alkire, Sabina (2006) 'Needs and Capabilities'. In S Reader (ed) The Philosophy of Need, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Alkire, Sabina, L Chen (2006) 'Medical Exceptionalism in International Migration: Should Doctors and Nurses be Treated Differently?'. In K Tomas, J Palme (eds) Globalizing Migration Regimes, Aldershot: Ashgate

Alkire, Sabina (2006) 'Structural Injustice and Democratic Practice: The Trajectory in Sen's Writings'. In S Deneulin, M Nebel, N Sagovsky (eds) Transforming Unjust Structures: The Capability Approach, Dordrecht: Springer

Alkire, Sabina (2006) 'Religion and Development'. In D A Clark (ed) The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Alkire, Sabina (2004) 'The Role of External Actors'. In V Rao, M Walton (eds) Culture and Public Action: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue on Development Policy, Stanford: Stanford University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2003) 'Concepts of Human Security'. In L Chen, S Fukuda-Parr, E Seidensticker (eds) Human Insecurity in a Global World, Cambridge: Harvard Univeristy Press

Alkire, Sabina (2002) 'Global Citizenship and Common Values'. In N Dower, J Williams (eds) Global Citizenship: A Critical Reader, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Alkire, Sabina, S Deneulin (2002) 'Individual Motivation, Its Nature, Determinants and Consequences for Within-Group Behaviour'. In J Heyer, F Stewart, R Thorp (eds) Group Motivation and Development: Is the Market Destroying Cooperation?, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Alkire, Sabina (2001) 'The Basic Dimensions of Human Flourishing: A Comparison of Accounts'. In N Biggar, R Black (eds) The Revival of Natural Law, Aldershot: Ashgate

Other Publications

Alkire, Sabina, M E Santos (2010) 'Acute Multidimensional Poverty: A New Index for Developing Countries', OPHI Working Paper No. 38; UNDP Human Development Report Background Paper (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina, J Foster (2010) 'Designing the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (HDI)', OPHI Working Paper No. 37; UNDP Human Development Report Background Paper (Download from external site)

Alkire, Sabina (2010) 'Human Development: Definitions, Critiques and Related Concepts', OPHI Working Paper No. 36; UNDP Human Development Report Background Paper (Download from external site)


sabina.alkire(at)qeh.ox.ac.uk


+44 (1865) 275112


Magdalen College

Development economics; human development; the capability approach; measurement

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International Development: increasing well-being and reducing inequality in global society