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Sabina Alkire awarded full professorship
Congratulations to Sabina Alkire, who has been awarded a full professorship in the University’s most recent recognition of distinction exercise.
She is now Professor of Poverty and Human Development.
Professor Alkire is Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID. Her research interests include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, the measurement of freedoms and human development.
Together with Professor James Foster, she developed the Alkire-Foster (AF) method for measuring multidimensional poverty, a flexible technique that can incorporate different dimensions, or aspects, of poverty to create measures tailored to different contexts. With colleagues at OPHI this has been applied and implemented empirically to produce a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The MPI offers a tool to identify who is poor by considering the range of deprivations they suffer.
A growing number of countries and institutions across the world have adopted MPIs as a means of measuring and tackling poverty.