Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research and publications address conceptual work related to the capability approach and human development; the methodologies and applications of multidimensional poverty measurement, and the measurement of well-being, gross-national-happiness, and agency/empowerment. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.
James E. Foster is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the George Washington University, and Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University, where he received the Selma Fine Goldsmith dissertation award. He is currently Research Associate at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group in the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. In 2012 he was elected Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.
Professor Foster’s research focuses on welfare economics – using economic tools to evaluate and enhance the wellbeing of people. His joint 1984 Econometrica paper is one of the most cited papers on poverty. It introduced the FGT Index, which has been used in thousands of studies and was the basis for targeting the Progresa program in México. Other research includes work on: economic inequality with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen; inclusive growth with Miguel Szekely (Former Undersecretary of Education in México); multidimensional poverty with Sabina Alkire (Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative); and literacy with Kaushik Basu (Chief Economist of the World Bank). He regularly presents courses on development economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He taught a doctoral seminar Social Choice and Welfare Economics at Harvard with Professor Sen, and currently teaches an undergraduate course Game Theory and Strategic Thinking at the Elliott School with Professor Basu.
Suman Seth is a Senior Research Officer with Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. He holds a PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He has previously served as consultants to the Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has been closely involved with the team that developed the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). His primary interest lies in the area of Development Economics with special emphasis on measurement methodologies and policy-oriented applications of multidimensional welfare and poverty measures.
María Emma Santos is an Assistant Professor at Departamento de Economía, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS) and a Research Fellow at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET-IIESS), Bahía Blanca, Argentina. She is also a Research Associate at the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Department of International Development, Oxford University. She did her first degree in Economics at UNS (2002), her MA in Economic Development at Vanderbilt University (2005), USA, and her Doctorate in Economics at UNS (2008). She spent two years (2008-2010) as a post-doc Research Officer at OPHI. Her main research interests are the measurement, determinants and analysis of multidimensional and chronic poverty, income inequality, and the quality of education.
Paola is Assistant Professor of Econometrics at the Department of Economics of Universidad del Pacifico in Peru, and Senior Researcher at the Partnership of Economic Policy. She is also a Research Associate and former Research Officer at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative of the University of Oxford, U.K. She holds a Ph.D in Econometrics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her expertise is on multidimensional poverty measurement and the econometric analysis of poverty and inequality. Paola’s research interests comprise structural equation models for human development and well-being, and applied micro-econometrics to development economics. Paola has been a consultant and a researcher for various international organizations comprising The World Bank, UNICEF, The International Labour Office, The United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Paola is Associate Editor for Oxford Development Studies, and former member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Income and Wealth.
José Manuel is currently Head of Research at Save the Children UK. He holds a DPhil from the University of Sussex and has over 20 years of research and consultancy experience in international development, poverty analysis, social inequality, human development and the capability approach. He is also research associate at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the Department of International Development in the University of Oxford and is Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College. He is also Education Officer and Member of the Executive council (elected 2012-2015) of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA), coordinator of the Quantitative Research Thematic Group at the HDCA (since 2009) and research fellow at the Social Science Research Centre (CISOR) in Venezuela. He was awarded the 2007 Wiebke Kuklys Prize, and is a Chevening Alumni (2004/06).