Sabina Alkire

  • Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

  • Associate Professor of Development Studies, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford


Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). She is the Associate Professor of Development Studies in the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. From 2015–16, Sabina was Oliver T Carr Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics at George Washington University. Previously, she worked at the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University, the Human Security Commission, and the World Bank’s Poverty and Culture Learning and Research Initiative. Sabina is also an Associate Priest, Parish of Cowley St John East Oxford, and Honorary Chaplain, Magdalen College Oxford. 

Research topics

Multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis

Welfare economics

The capability approach which defines poverty as a deprivation of capabilities, as a lack of multiple freedoms people value and have reason to value. (It is thus a way to assess poverty beyond monetary indicators).

The measurement of freedoms and human development