The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Christian Oldiges is Research Officer at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). He initially joint OPHI in 2011 and has been involved with many calculations and regional decompositions of OPHI's Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).
In July 2016, Christian submitted his doctoral thesis at Heidelberg University, Germany. The main focus of his thesis was on measuring the impact of India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on poverty, consumption, and financial decisions. As part of his doctoral research, he also developed the Nutritional Deprivation Index (NDI), which enables the measurement of inadequacies in dietary diversity using ordinary household survey data easily available in developing countries.
Prior to his doctoral studies in Development Economics, Christian gained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics at Heidelberg University with visiting studies at Hindu College and the Delhi School of Economics (DSE), both at Delhi University, New Delhi, India. He has worked as a teaching assistant at Heidelberg University and as a research assistant at the DSE and the GB Pant Institute of Social Sciences, Allahabad, India.