Job Title: Director of Policy Research
Contact Details: Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development
Queen Elizabeth House (QEH), University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB.
Tel: +44 1865 271528


Christian Oldiges is Director of Policy Research at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Economics from Heidelberg University, Germany. During his doctoral studies, his research focus was on evaluating welfare impacts of a huge rural employment programme in India and on measuring food security.

At OPHI, Christian is co-leading the outreach team in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, supporting governments in building national multidimensional poverty indices. When in Oxford, he undertakes micro-econometric research on the determinants of multidimensional poverty.

Current Research

Nogales, R. and Oldiges, C. (2020). ‘In Quest of a Better Life: International Labour Migration and the Many Forms of Poverty’, Migration Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Klonner, S. and Oldiges, C. (2019). ‘The welfare effects of India’s Rural Employment Guarantee’, OPHI Working Paper 129, University of Oxford.

Oldiges, C. (2017). “Measuring malnutrition and dietary diversity: Theory and evidence from India.” OPHI Working Paper 108, University of Oxford.

Curriculum Vitae

Christian Oldiges CV (pdf)