Dr Cheryl Doss

Senior Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics and Associate Professor

Cheryl Doss is a development economist whose research focusses on issues related to assets, agriculture and gender with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 

Among her research projects, she co-leads the Gender Asset Gap Project, a large-scale effort to collect data and measure individual asset and wealth holdings for men and women in Ecuador, Ghana, and Karnataka, India. This research examines best practices for collecting individual data on assets and also quantifies women’s ownership of and control over productive assets. Currently, much of her work focusses on how to understand both joint and individual ownership and decision-making within rural households. 

Cheryl Doss works with a range of international organizations on issues including best approaches for collecting sex-disaggregated data, gender and agriculture, intrahousehold resource allocation, and women’s asset ownership. Currently, she is the gender advisor for the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In recent years, she has also worked with UN Women, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, DFID , the Africa Development Bank, and the UN Foundation on issues of women’s asset ownership.

She has published widely in academic journals in economics, agricultural economics, and development studies.

Teaching & Supervision
Analysing gender myths in rural development
Survey design and data collection methods for gender analysis
Gender Asset Gap Project

Cheryl Doss teaches for the MPhil in Development Studies, teaching Economic Foundations, lecturing on the core course, and offering MP1 Thesis research workshops.

Prior to coming to ODID, she taught for 17 years at Yale University, where she taught the core economics courses to MA students in the International Relations programme. In addition, she taught a range of courses including Research Methods in African Studies, Economics of Africa, and Food Security and Agricultural Development.

Research Students supervised

Humaira Hansrod
Research Student
Doss, Cheryl (2014) 'Collecting Gender Disaggregated Data to Improve Development Policies', Journal of African Economies 23 (suppl 1) i62-i86

Books and monographs

Doss, Cheryl (with John McPeak, Peter Little) (2011) 'Risk and Social Change in an African Rural Economy: Livelihoods in Pastoral Communities', Routledge

Journal articles and special issues

Doss, Cheryl (with Jessica Heckert, Audrey Pereira, Emily C Myers and Agnes Quisumbing) (2021) 'Structural Transformation and Gendered Transitions to Adulthood among Rural Youth: Cross-National Evidence from Low- and Middle-Income Countries', Journal of Development Studies 57 (4) 614-34
Doss, Cheryl (with Kate Ambler, Caitlin Kieran, and Simone Passarelli) (2021) 'He Says, She Says: Spousal Disagreement in Survey Measures of Bargaining Power', Economic Development and Cultural Change 69 2
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick) (2020) 'Land tenure security for women: A conceptual framework', Land Use Policy
Doss, Cheryl (with Jemimah Njuki and Helena Mika) (2020) 'The potential intersections of Covid-19, gender and food security in Africa', AgriGender 5 (4) 41-8
Doss, Cheryl (with Caitlin Kieran and Talip Kilic) (2020) 'Measuring Ownership, Control, and Use of Assets', Feminist Economics 26 (3) 144-68
Doss, Cheryl (with Tanguy Bernard, Melissa Hidrobo, Jessica Hoel, Caitlin Kieran) (2019) 'Ask me why: Patterns of intrahousehold decision-making', World Development
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing and Sophie Theis) (2019) 'Women's land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction: Framework and review of available evidence', Agricultural Systems 172 72-82
Doss, Cheryl (with Abena D Oduro) (2018) 'Changing patterns of wealth distribution: Evidence from Ghana', Journal of Development Studies 54 (5) 933-48
Doss, Cheryl (with Zachary Catanzarite, William Baah-Boateng, Hema Swaminathan, Carmen Diana Deere, Louis Boakye-Yiadom and Suchitra J.Y.) (2018) 'Do men and women estimate property values differently?', World Development 107 75-86
Doss, Cheryl (with Valerie Mueller, Agnes Quisumbing) (2018) 'Youth Migration and Labour Constraints in African Agrarian Households', Journal of Development Studies
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing, and Sophie Theis) (2018) 'Women in Agriculture: Four Myths', Global Food Security 16 69-74
Doss, Cheryl (2018) 'Women and agricultural productivity: Reframing the Issues', Development Policy Review 36 (1) 35–50
Doss, Cheryl (2017) 'Including Both Equity and Efficiency Claims for International Development', Canadian Journal of Development Studies 38 (4) 553-57
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing, and Sophie Theis) (2017) 'Women’s Land Rights as a Pathway to Poverty Reduction: Framework and Review of Available Evidence', Agricultural Systems
Doss, Cheryl (with Patricia Kristjanson, Elizabeth Bryan, Quinn Bernier, Jennifer Twyman, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Caitlin Kieran, Claudia Ringler, and Christine Jost) (2017) 'Addressing gender in agricultural research for development in the face of a changing climate: where are we and where should we be going?', International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 15 (5) 482-500
Doss, Cheryl (with Abena D Oduro, Carmen Diana Deere, Hema Swaminathan, William Baah-Boateng and Suchitra J Y) (2017) 'Assets and shocks: a gendered analysis of Ecuador, Ghana and Karnataka, India', Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement
Doss, Cheryl (with Caitlin Kieran, Kathryn Sproule, Agnes R Quisumbing) (2017) 'Gender Gaps in Landownership across and within Households in Four Asian Countries', Land Economics 93 (2) 342-70
Doss, Cheryl (with Caitlin Kieran, Kathryn Sproule, Agnes Quisumbing, Sung Mi King) (2015) 'Examining Gender Inequalities in Land Rights Indicators in Asia', Agricultural Economics 119-38 46 (S1)
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick) (2015) 'Collective Action within the Household: Insights from Natural Resource Management', World Development 74 171–83
Doss, Cheryl (with Chiara Kovarik, Amber Peterman, Agnes Quisumbing, Mara van den Bold) (2015) 'Gender Inequalities in Ownership and Control of Land in Africa: Myth and Reality', American Journal of Agricultural Economics 46 403–34
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick) (2015) 'Collective Action within the Household: Insights from Natural Resource Management', World Development 74 171–183
Doss, Cheryl (with Carmen Diana Deere, Abena D Oduro, Hema Swaminathan) (2014) 'The Gender Asset and Wealth Gaps', Development 57 (3-4) 400-09
Doss, Cheryl (with Gale Summerfield, Dzodzi Tsikata) (2014) 'Land, Gender, and Food Security', Feminist Economics 20 (1) 1-23
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Allan Bomuhangi) (2014) 'Who Owns the Land? Perspectives from Rural Ugandans and Implications for Land Acquisitions', Feminist Economics 20 (1) 76-100
Doss, Cheryl (2013) 'Intrahousehold Bargaining and Resource Allocation in Developing Countries', The World Bank Research Observer 28 52–78
Doss, Cheryl (with Carmen Diana Deere, Abena D Oduro, Hema Swaminathan) (2013) 'Property Rights and the Gender Distribution of Wealth in Ecuador, Ghana, and India', The Journal of Economic Inequality 11 249–65
Doss, Cheryl (with Mai Truong, Gorettie Nabanoga, Justine Namaalwa) (2012) 'Women, Marriage and Asset Inheritance in Uganda', Development Policy Review 30 (5) 597-616
Doss, Cheryl (with John McPeak, Christopher B. Barrett, Patti Kristjanson) (2009) 'Are Development Priorities Shared by Community Members? Results of a Ranking Exercise in East African Rangelands', Journal of Development Studies 45 1663-83
Doss, Cheryl (with John G McPeak, Christopher B Barrett. ) (2008) 'Interpersonal, Intertemporal and Spatial Variation in Risk Perceptions: Evidence from East Africa', World Development 36 (8) 1453-68
Doss, Cheryl (with Andrew Mude, Christopher Barrett, John McPeak) (2007) 'Education Investments in a Dual Economy', Economica 74 351-69
Doss, Cheryl (2006) 'The Effects of Intrahousehold Property Ownership on Expenditure Patterns in Ghana', Journal of African Economies 15 (1) 149-80
Doss, Cheryl (with John McPeak) (2006) 'Are Household Production Decisions Cooperative? Evidence on Migration and Milk Sales from Northern Kenya', American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88 (3) 528-42
Doss, Cheryl (with Carmen Diana Deere) (2006) 'The Gender-Asset Gap: What Do We Know and Why Does It Matter?', Feminist Economics 12 (1-2) 1-50
Doss, Cheryl (2006) 'Analyzing Technology Adoption Using Micro Studies: Limitations, Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement', Agricultural Economics 34 (3) 207-19
Doss, Cheryl (with Hugo de Groote, George Owur, James Ouma, Lutta Muhammad, K Danda) (2005) 'The Maize Green Revolution in Kenya Revisited', Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics
12 May, 2021
New article by Cheryl Doss examines drawbacks of integration of feminist economics into mainstream economics
26 November, 2020
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss sets out framework to understand women's land tenure security
20 August, 2020
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss examines gender, lockdown and food security
08 October, 2019
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss explores household decision-making in rural Senegal
30 September, 2019
Cheryl Doss named Honorary Fellow of African Association of Agricultural Economists
07 March, 2018
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss explores effects of youth migration on labour in African agrarian households
02 March, 2018
New research programme to explore African governance
15 January, 2018
Cheryl Doss elected President of International Association for Feminist Economics
Research interests:

Economic development; gender; household and intrahousehold analyses; gender asset gap; survey design.