Job Title: Researcher
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.


Frank is a researcher at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). He holds a PhD in Development Studies and joined OPHI in January 2018 to strengthen the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index team. Prior to joining OPHI Frank worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Research Associate in Agriculture and Rural Development. He also worked as a Research Fellow in effective development cooperation at the German Development Institute. Frank is an accredited Lecturer in development economics at the University Jaume I, Spain. His research interests are the measurement and determinants analysis of multidimensional poverty, and livelihood analyses, including ecosystem services for poverty alleviation assessments. His main geographical focus is on sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Mozambique.


2008 – 2012 Ph.D. in Peace, Conflict & Development Studies, University Jaume I (Spain) (Premios Extraordinarios de Doctorado).

2005 – 2006 M.A. in Peace & Development Studies (with honours), Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick (Ireland).

2001 – 2003 B.Sc. in Geography (with honours), Institute of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)

Selected Publications

Smith, H.; Jones, D.; Vollmer, F. et al. (2019), “Urban energy transitions and rural income generation: Sustainable opportunities for rural development through charcoal production”, World Development, vol. 113C, 237-245;

Vollmer, F. and Alkire, S. (2018). ‘Towards a Global Asset Indicator: Re-assessing the Asset Indicator in the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index’, OPHI Research in Progress 52, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford.

Zorrilla-Miras, P.; Mahamane, M.; Metzger, M.; Baumert, S.; Vollmer, F. et al. (2018), “Environmental conservation and social benefits of charcoal production in Mozambique”, Ecological Economics, vol. 144 (February 2018), 100-111;

Vollmer, F. et al. (2017), “Charcoal income as a means to a valuable end: Scope and limitations of charcoal income to alleviate acute multidimensional poverty in Mabalane district, southern Mozambique”, World Development Perspectives, vol. 7-8 (September 2017), 43-60;

Vollmer, F. et al. (2017), “Qualitative data on socio-economic characteristics from seven villages in Mabalane, Mozambique (NE/K010395/1))”, NERC Environmental Information Data Centre;

Baumert, S.; Luz, A.; Fisher, J.; Vollmer, F. et al.  (2016), “Charcoal supply chains from Mabalane to Maputo: Who benefits?”, Energy for Sustainable Development, vol. 33 (August 2016), 129-138;

Woollen, E.; Ryan, C.; Baumert, S.; Vollmer, F. et al.  (2016), “Charcoal production in the Mopane woodlands of Mozambique: what are the tradeoffs with other ecosystem services?”, Philosophical Transactions B 371;

Vollmer, F. (2014), “Debating “visibility” and its effects on the effective delivery of Official  Development Assistance – diagnosis, justification and possibilities”, Information Development, vol. 30(4), 298-312;

Vollmer, F. (2013), “The Changing Face of Africa: Mozambique’s economic transformation and its implications for Aid harmonisation”, Irish Studies in International Affairs, vol. 24 (2013), 137-164; doi: 10.3318/ISIA.2013.24.6

Vollmer, F. (2013), “Poverty Revisited: The Capability Approach Operationalised in Mozambique”, Nomos Publishers, vol.12/ Series “Development Theory and Development Policy”, pp. 366;

DARA (2010), “Humanitarian Response Index 2010: The problems of politicisation, DARA Printing: Grupo Marte, pp. 270, S.L. D.L.: M-50146-2010 (

Curriculum Vitae

Frank Vollmer CV (pdf)