Oxford Department of International Development
Queen Elizabeth House
3 Mansfield Road
Sabina’s research interests include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, the measurement of freedoms and human development.
She directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre that aims to build and advance a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing multidimensional poverty, grounded in people’s experiences and values. With Maria Emma Santos, she co-created the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) with the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office (UNDP HDRO) for the UNDP’s flagship Human Development Report. The MPI identifies people who contend with multiple deprivations across three dimensions: education, health and living standards. Nutrition is a key indicator within the health dimension. Sabina Alkire has also worked on the construction of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), which directly captures women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector. It was developed in partnership between OPHI, USAID and the International Food Policy Research Institute to identify ways to improve food security by increasing the empowerment of women.
“Counting and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement,” with James Foster in Journal of Public Economics, 95(7–8), p 476–487. 2011
“Understandings and Misunderstandings of Multidimensional Poverty Measurement,” with James Foster in Journal of Economic Inequality, 9, 2, p 289-314. 2011
“Where did Identification Go?” with James Foster and Maria Emma Santos in Journal of Economic Inequality, 9, 3, p 501-505. 2011.
“Beyond headcount: measures that reflect the breadth and components of child poverty,” with José Manuel Roche in Minujin and Nandy eds, Global child poverty and well-being:Measurement, concepts, policy and action, p 103-134. Bristol: Policy Press, 2012, also published as OPHI Working Paper 45.
“Multidimensional Poverty and its Discontents,” in Measure for Measure: How well do we measure development? Proceedings of the 8th AFD/EUDN Conference, p 53-90. Paris: AFD, 2011.
“Acute Multidimensional Poverty: A new index for developing countries,” with Maria Emma Santos. OPHI Working Paper 38, UNDP HDRO Background Paper 2010/11
“Development: A Misconceived Theory Can Kill,” in Morris, Christopher W. Amartya Sen: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus, p 191-120. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
“A Normative Framework for Development,” with Séverine Deneulin in Deneulin, Séverine and Lila Shahani eds, An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, p 3-21. UK, USA and Canada: Earthscan and International Development Research Centre, 2009.
“The Human Development and Capability Approach,” with Séverine Deneulin, in Deneulin, Séverine and Lila Shahani eds, An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency, p 22-48. UK, USA and Canada: Earthscan and International Development Research Centre, 2009.
“Counting and Multidimensional Poverty,” with James Foster, in von Braun, Joachim, Vargas Hill, Ruth and Rajul Pandya-Lorch eds, The Poorest and Hungry: Assessment, Analysis and Actions, p 77-90. Washington DC:
“Needs and Capabilities,” in Reader, Soran ed., The Philosophy of Need, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 80, 229-252. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
“Subjective Quantitative Studies of Human Agency,” Social Indicators Research, 74 (1), 217-260. October, 2005.