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School survey findings launched
Young Lives launched key findings from their 2016-17 surveys of school effectiveness on 4 September. The surveys examined the quality of learning outcomes at upper primary and secondary level in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam. Find out more here.
An MPI for business
Costa Rica launched a new Business Multidimensional Poverty Index (bMPI), an adaptation for the business sector of the poverty measurement tool developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative that is designed to measure the living conditions of employees and their families.
Christopher Udry in Oxford
We are very much looking forward to welcoming Professor Christopher Udry of Northwestern University to ODID next term as the Astor Visiting Professor. He will deliver a public lecture on 19 October on Agriculture, Technology and Economic Development. Register here.
Understanding child labour
Young Lives Research Associate Ginny Morrow presented findings from 15 years of research exploring the changing nature of children's work in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Find out more about the findings and read a blog post by Young Lives Director Jo Boyden.
Pramila Krishnan named Professor
Pramila Krishnan was awarded the title of Professor in the University's annual Recognition of Distinction exercise. She is now Professor of Development Economics. Professor Krishnan is a co-lead academic for Ethiopia at the International Growth Centre and a fellow of Pembroke College.
Study with us!
Admissions for all our courses opened on 1 September – find out more about what we offer, how to apply and the support available. The first deadline – for the DPhil, the MPhil in Development Studies and the MSc in Global Governance & Diplomacy – is on 17 November.
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Associate Professor Abdul Raufu Mustapha, our colleague, teacher and friend, died in Oxford on 8 August. Please visit our online book of condolences to leave a message or memory:

Alexander Betts ‘Gender Violence, and Deportation: Angola’s Forced Return of Congolese Migrant Workers’ in Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ulrike Krause (eds) Gender, Violence, Refugees, Berghahn Books

Georgia Cole 'Beyond Labelling: Rethinking the Role and Value of the Refugee "Label" through Semiotics' in Journal of Refugee Studies

Cathryn Costello ‘On Refugeehood and Citizenship’ in Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauboeck, Irene Bloemraad, Maarten Vink (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, OUP

Cathryn Costello (with Yulia Ioffe and Teresa Büchsel) (2017) 'Article 31 of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees', Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, Division of International Protection, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Marta Favara ‘Do Dreams Come True? Aspirations and Educational Attainments of Ethiopian Boys and Girls’ in Journal of African Economies

Marta Favara (with Catherine Porter, Tassew Woldehanna) ‘Smarter through Social Protection? Evaluating the Impact of Ethiopia’s Safety-Net on Child Cognitive Abilities’, IZA Discussion Paper No 10972

Matthew Gibney ‘Denationalization’ in Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauboeck, Irene Bloemraad, Maarten Vink (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, OUP

Naohiko Omata 'Unwelcome Participation, Undesirable Agency? Paradoxes of De-Politicisation in a Refugee Camp' in Refugee Survey Quarterly
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Rhiannon Moore wrote about Young Lives research on private schools in India, which found that private schools in the study sites achieved higher test scores, added more value, and were attended by a more advantaged subset of children than other school types, but that not all private unaided schools were equally better and those children who benefitted most were those who had a higher starting ability level.

Emeritus Professor Robin Cohen wrote about Refugia, the concept he has developed with Dr Nicholas Van Hear for a new transnational polity – consisting of an ‘archipelago’ of self-governing units – that offers a different solution to the problem of mass displacement.

RSC Senior Research Officer Naohiko Omata blogged about his new book, The Myth of Self Reliance, which uses the case study of a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana to explore the limits to self-reliance for refugees.


ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow Olly Owen blogged about his new co-edited book, which brings together criminologists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, political scientists and others who have engaged with the police across Africa to provide street-level perspectives from below and inside the continent's police forces.

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