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 India’s employment guarantee programme and on measuring food security.

At OPHI, Christian is leading the outreach team in South Asia and many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, supporting governments in building national multidimensional poverty indices. In microeconomic research at OPHI, he studies determinants of multidimensional poverty such as conflict and migration.

Current Research

Alkire, S., Oldiges, C. and Kanagaratnam, U. (2020). ‘Multidimensional poverty reduction in India 2005/6–2015/16: Still a long way to go but the poorest are catching up’, OPHI Research in Progress 54b, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford.

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)