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Sabina Alkire

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Name  Sabina Alkire

Role  Professor

Institution  Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Alma mater  Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Influences  Amartya SenMartha Nussbaum
Contributions  Human development theory
Books  Valuing freedoms, Multidimensional poverty Measurement and Analysis
Influenced by  Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum
Fields  development economics, Ethics
Similar  Severine Deneulin, Amartya Sen, Ingrid Robeyns, Martin Ravallion

School or tradition  Capability Approach
Education  Magdalen College, Oxford

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Sabina Alkire is the Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Professor in International Affairs at the George Washington University, and the Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, England, which was established in 2007. She is a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association.


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Alkire and fellow OPHI member economist James Foster developed the Alkire Foster Method, a method of measuring multidimensional poverty. It includes identifying ‘who is poor’ by considering the range of deprivations they suffer, and aggregating that information to reflect societal poverty.

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Alkire's degree in sociology came from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1989. She holds a MPhil in Christian Political Ethics and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. She gained her doctorate in economics from Magdalen College, University of Oxford in 1999. Her doctoral thesis, which demonstrated how the work of Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen could be coherently and practically put to use in poverty reduction activities, was later published as a monograph with the title Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction (2002).


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