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Sabina Alkire is a professor and scholar of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University,[1] 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.[2] She is a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association.[3] She has worked with organizations such as the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, the United Nations Human Development Programme Human Development Report Office, the European Commission, and the UK's Department for International Development.[4]

Sabina Alkire
FieldWelfare economics, development economics, ethics
School or
Capability Approach
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BA) Magdalen College, University of Oxford (MPhil, MSc, DPhil)
InfluencesAmartya Sen
Martha Nussbaum
ContributionsHuman development theory
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

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.[5]


Alkire studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology.[6] Afterwards, Alkire moved to England and attended the University of Oxford where she obtained a diploma of Theology with a distinction in Islam in 1992.[6] Furthering her postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, Alkire went on to also receive a Master of Philosophy in Christian Political Ethics and a Master of Science in Economics for Development in 1994 and 1995 respectively.[6] For her Master of Science thesis, “The Full or Minimally Decent Life: Empiricization of Sen’s Capabilities Approach in Poverty Measurement,” she was awarded the George Webb Medley Graduate Prize by the University. Later, she gained her doctorate in economics from Magdalen College, University of Oxford in 1999.[6] 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,[7] was later published as a monograph with the title Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction (2002).[8] From 1999 to 2001, Alkire worked as the coordinator for Culture and Poverty Learning-Research Program, World Bank, and PREM.[6] Then, in 2001, she moved on to working for the Commission on Human Security as a research writer until 2003.[6] Alkire later became a research associate at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University. During her time there she won the Thulin Scholar of Religion and Contemporary Culture award from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and was listed in Foreign Policy Magazine "100 global thinkers 2010".[6]

She served as the Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Professor in International Affairs at the Elliott School at The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. from 2015 until 2016.[6] She currently holds positions as the director of OPHI, associate professor at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, and is a distinguished research affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International studies at the University of Notre Dame.[6]


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  1. ^ "Renowned Development Economist Sabina Alkire of Oxford to Join GW's Elliott School of International Affairs". George Washington University. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Sabina Alkire". Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. ^ "HDCA fellows". Human Development and Capability Association. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Dr Sabina Alkire". Retrieved 21 April 2019
  5. ^ "Alkire Foster Method". Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sabina Alkire". Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  7. ^ Alkire, Sabina (1998). Operationalizing Amartya Sen's capability approach to human development: a framework for identifying valuable capabilities (D.Phil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 43087376.
  8. ^ Alkire, Sabina (2002). Valuing freedoms: Sen's capability approach and poverty reduction. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199245796.

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