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.

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Broadening the global understanding of poverty
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From a global measure to South-South collaboration on poverty measurement
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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. 

Research Students supervised

Ivan Gonzalez-De-Alba
Research Student

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 José Manuel Roche, Ana Vaza) (2017) 'Changes Over Time in Multidimensional Poverty: Methodology and Results for 34 Countries', World Development 94 232-49
Alkire, Sabina (with Mauricio Apablaza, Satya Chakravarty and Gaston Yalonetzky) (2017) 'Measuring chronic multidimensional poverty', Journal of Policy Modeling
Alkire, Sabina (with Suman Seth) (2015) 'Multidimensional Poverty Reduction in India between 1999 and 2006: Where and How?', World Development 72 93-108
Alkire, Sabina (with Andy Sumner) (2013) 'Multidimensional Poverty and the Post-2015 MDGs', Development 56 (1) 46-51
Alkire, Sabina (with Suman Seth) (2013) 'Selecting a Targeting Method to Identify BPL Households in India', Social Indicators Research 112 (2) 417-46
Alkire, Sabina (with Maria Emma Santos) (2013) 'A Multidimensional Approach: Poverty Measurement and Beyond', Social Indicators Research 112 (2) 239-57
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
Alkire, Sabina (with J Foster) (2011) 'Counting and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement', Journal of Public Economics 95(7-8) 476-87
Alkire, Sabina (with J Foster) (2011) 'Understandings and Misunderstandings of Multidimensional Poverty Measurement', Journal of Economic Inequality 9 289-314
Alkire, Sabina (with W Xiaolin) (2009) 'Measurement of Multidimensional Poverty in China: Estimationa and Policy Implications', Chinese Rural Economy 12 4-10
Alkire, Sabina (with S Seth) (2009) 'Determining BPL Status: Some Methodological Improvements', Indian Journal of Human Development 2(2) 407-24
Alkire, Sabina (with S Ibrahim) (2007) 'The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data: Introduction to the Special Issue', Oxford Development Studies 35(4) 379-403
Alkire, Sabina (with 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 (with 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 (with R Black) (1997) 'A Practical Reasoning Theory of Development Ethics: Furthering the Capabilities Approach', Journal of International Develoment 9(2) 263-79
Alkire, Sabina (with R Black, D Clough, E Gregory) (1994) 'This Unemployment, Disaster or Opportunity', Theology 97(780) 402-13

Chapters

Alkire, Sabina (with 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 (with 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 (with 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 (with 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 (with 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) '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 (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 (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) 'Needs and Capabilities'. In S Reader (ed) The Philosophy of Need , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Alkire, Sabina (with 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 (2006) 'Public Debate and Value Construction in Sen's Approach'. In A Kaufman (ed) Capabilities Equality: Basic Issues and Problems , London: Routledge
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 (with 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 (2002) 'Global Citizenship and Common Values'. In N Dower, J Williams (eds) Global Citizenship: A Critical Reader , Edinburgh: Edinburgh 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

Working papers

Alkire, Sabina (with M E Santos) (2010) 'Acute Multidimensional Poverty: A New Index for Developing Countries', OPHI Working Paper No. 38; UNDP Human Development Report Background Paper
Alkire, Sabina (with J Foster) (2010) 'Designing the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (HDI)', OPHI Working Paper No. 37; UNDP Human Development Report Background Paper
Alkire, Sabina (2010) 'Human Development: Definitions, Critiques and Related Concepts', OPHI Working Paper No. 36; UNDP Human Development Report Background Paper

Other publications

Alkire, Sabina (with M Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz) (2014) 'The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014: An Overview', Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Policy Briefing Oxford: OPHI
Alkire, Sabina (with M Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz) (2014) 'Destitution: Who and where are the poorest of the poor?', Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Policy Briefing Oxford: OPHI
Alkire, Sabina (with M Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz) (2014) 'Poverty in Rural and Urban Areas? ', Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Policy Briefing Oxford: OPHI
05 June, 2017
New OPHI research: half the world's poor are children
19 May, 2017
New OPHI article explores multidimensional poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
23 March, 2017
New article co-authored by Sabina Alkire explores changes in multidimensional poverty over time in 34 countries
13 March, 2017
OAS and OPHI sign Joint Declaration on multidimensional poverty
19 October, 2016
World Bank to launch new way of measuring poverty using OPHI's ‘multidimensional’ approach
07 October, 2016
Congratulations to President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on award of Nobel Peace Prize
31 August, 2016
Honduras launches Multidimensional Poverty Index drawing on OPHI methodology
08 June, 2016
OPHI’s 2016 MPI release pinpoints Africa’s ‘runaway’ successes, underlines remaining poverty challenges
09 October, 2015
OPHI's Work Listed Among Top 20 Examples of UK Research Having Global Development Impact
25 September, 2015
Blog Posts from OPHI, Young Lives Explore SDGs as UN Summit Gets Underway

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Research interests:

Development economics; human development; the capability approach; measurement