Human Development, Poverty and Children

Human development – beyond per capita income, through health and education, to enabling productive, creative and autonomous lives – has long been a core theme for the department and our present strength and reputation in this field is due mainly to two research groups: the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and Young Lives.

ODID faculty have participated in design, methodology and research for the UNDP's flagship Human Development Report since its foundation in 1990. Building human capabilities necessarily starts with children, so the department also has a tradition of research collaboration with UNICEF.

Our research in this area draws on the pioneering work of Paul Streeten (QEH Director 1968–1978) and Frances Stewart (Director 1994–2004). Research on poverty and vulnerability is also carried out by the International Growth Centre (IGC).

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Breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty? Young people’s education and employment trajector...
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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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Identity performance of street-based youth in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Patterns, determinants, and effects of internal migration among young adults in Ethiopia, India, P...
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Rethinking domestic and international finance for HIV
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The glocalization of wellbeing and sustainability: a biosocial educational prototype for Peru, Bra...
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Negotiating time use: an inter-generational mixed methods approach to household decision-making on...
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Influencing policy on early marriage in India
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Hayley Jones
Research Student
Usha Kanagaratnam
Research Officer, OPHI
Paul Kellner
Research Student
Lydia Marshall
Senior Education Researcher, Young Lives
Andy McKay
Director, Young Lives
Hector Moreno
Research Officer, OPHI
Ricardo Nogales Carvajal
Research Officer, OPHI
Christian Oldiges
Research Officer, OPHI
Rachel Outhred
Senior Education Researcher, Young Lives

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21 Feb, 2020
OPHI wins Queen’s Anniversary Prize for poverty research
14 Nov, 2019
New Young Lives project to share learning on challenges of longitudinal research
18 Jul, 2019
OPHI, UNDP launch 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index
14 May, 2019
Sierra Leone launches national Multidimensional Poverty Index
27 Mar, 2019
New Young Lives book examines how poverty affects children's well-being and development and how policy can help
26 Mar, 2019
OPHI and Oxford University launch social enterprise to help business fight poverty
01 Mar, 2019
New special issue edited by Nandini Gooptu explores skill development in India
21 Dec, 2018
OPHI to host two distinguished lectures on Bhutan
28 Nov, 2018
Juan Manuel Santos launches Visiting Professorship with public lecture, informal meetings
13 Nov, 2018
New article co-authored by Nandini Gooptu explores skill formation and gender in an Indian context

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14 Apr, 2020
'Coronavirus puts class dimension of mobility into sharp focus'. Prof Robin Cohen wrote for the Conversation on how the pandemic demonstrates the salience of class to the spread, containment and impact of infectious diseases
07 Apr, 2020
'South Africa’s army of informal workers face destitution'. DPhil Rocco Zizzamia talks to Financial Times about the pandemic's impact on South Africa's economy and the importance of a package of support to informal workers
03 Apr, 2020
'Access to digital learning during COVID-19 closures: compounding educational inequality?'. Rhiannon Moore and Lyida Marshall of Young Lives write on them implications of school closures across the world
01 Apr, 2020
'South Africa can - and should - top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis'. DPhil Rocco Zizzamia co-authored an article for the Conversation on the implications of the pandemic for precarious families in South Africa
26 Mar, 2020
'From cholera to corona: The politics of plagues in Africa'. Prof Simukai Chigudu discusses the lessons for coronavirus response that we can learn from the 2008 cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe
21 Feb, 2018
'Understand the lives of youth in low-income countries'. Young Lives Director Jo Boyden co-authors comment piece as part of Nature collection on Adolescence
21 Jan, 2018
'Punishment won't stop teenage pregnancies in Tanzania because "bad behaviour" isn't the cause'. Kate Pincock writes for The Conversation
16 Jan, 2018
'Ability versus aspiration'. Young Lives findings on educational aspirations and school effectiveness survey cited in India ASER report
22 Nov, 2017
Zimbabwe's public health crisis. Simukai Chigudu interviewed on BBC World
11 Oct, 2017
'India's top court rules sex with an underage wife is rape'. Reuters cites Young Lives report analysing census data on child marriage

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