Prof Cheryl Doss

Professor of International Development

Cheryl Doss is Professor of International Development and Senior Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics at ODID. Her research focusses on issues of rural transformation and gender issues in agriculture; household and intrahousehold decision-making in rural economies; and women’s ownership and control over assets, including land. Her current work includes research on methodological innovations in survey design and analysis, to allow richer understanding of multiple and competing voices within households.

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

Survey design and data collection methods for gender analysis
Intrahousehold decision-making, livelihoods, and household water choices in Kenya
REACH-WISER (Water InSecurity Equity and Resilience)

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

Karoline Becker
Research Student
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 Aletheia Donald, Markus Goldstein, Sakshi Gupta ) (2023) 'Sharing responsibility through joint decision-making and implications for intimate-partner violence: evidence from 12 Sub-Saharan African Countries', Review of Economics of the Household
Doss, Cheryl (with Nozomi Kawarazuka, Cathy Rozel Farnworth, Rhiannon Pyburn) (2022) 'Myths about the feminization of agriculture: Implications for global food security', Global Food Security 33 100611
Doss, Cheryl (with Kate Ambler, Caitlin Kieran, Simone Passarelli) (2022) 'Spousal concordance in joint and separate households: Survey evidence from Nepal', World Development 151 105744
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Audrey Pereira, and Rajendra Pradhan) (2022) 'Women’s Empowerment, Extended Families and Male Migration in Nepal: Insights from Mixed Methods Analysis', Journal of Rural Studies
Doss, Cheryl (with Vanya Slavchevska, Ana Paula de la O Campos, and Chiara Brunelli) (2021) 'Beyond Ownership: Women’s and Men’s Land Rights in sub-Saharan Africa', Oxford Development Studies 49 (1) 2-22
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) 765-88
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 Ruth Meinzen-Dick) (2020) 'Land tenure security for women: A conceptual framework', Land Use Policy 29 (December)
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 125 104671
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 Hema Swaminathan, Abena D Oduro, Carmen Diana Deere, Suchitra JY, and Zachary Catanzarite) (2019) 'Gendered Paths to Asset Accumulation? Markets, Savings, and Credit in Developing Countries', Feminist Economics 25 (2) 36-66
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 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 (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 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 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 (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 (2013) 'Intrahousehold Bargaining and Resource Allocation in Developing Countries', The World Bank Research Observer 28 52–78
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 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
13 December, 2021
Cheryl Doss, Nikita Sud awarded title of Professor
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
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.