Jakob Dirksen

Jakob Tonda Dirksen

Job title: Research and Policy Officer
Email: jakob.dirksen@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Biography

Jakob is Research and Policy Officer at OPHI. He does both academic research on multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis and associated areas – and he works with international partners in United Nations agencies and governments around the world towards the development of multidimensional poverty indices as permanent official statistics and all-of-government policy-tools.

Jakob is also Lecturer at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.

He previously held research positions at the Blavatnik School of Government and Mansfield College (both University of Oxford), and has worked in diplomacy for the German Federal Foreign Office.

Education

BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
MA in Political Philosophy, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
MSc & MPP in Public Policy and Human Development, United Nations University

Research interests

Theories, measurement, and analysis of well-being, poverty and inequality; welfare economics; sustainable (human) development; social protection; evidence-based public policy; and the capability approach.

Select Publications

2022

Dirksen, J., Pinilla-Roncancio, M., Wehrmeister, F.C. et al. (2022). ‘Exploring the Potential for a New Measure of Socioeconomic Deprivation Status to Monitor Health Inequality’, International Journal for Equity in Health, Vol. 21, No. 56. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-022-01661-0.

Dirksen, J. (2022). ‘Using Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability Indices for Equitable Policy-Making in the Context of Health Emergencies’, Dimensions, Vol. 13: 17-19.

Dirksen, J., Lima de Miranda, K., and Wike, R. (2022). ‘Towards Economic and Social Prosperity Measurement Beyond GDP’, Think7 Policy Brief – G7 Germany 2022.

2021

UNDP and OPHI (2021). Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021. Unmasking Disparities by Ethnicity, Caste and Gender. New York: United Nations Development Programme.

WHO (2021). Using Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability Indices to Inform Equitable Policies and Interventions in Health Emergencies. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Dirksen, J. and Alkire, S. (2021). ‘Children and Multidimensional Poverty. Four Measurement Strategies’, Sustainability, Vol. 16, No. 13: 9108. DOI: 10.3390/ su13169108. (Also published as: OPHI Working Paper 138, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.)

NPC (2021). Nepal Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021. Analysis Towards Action. Kathmandu: National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal.

2020

Dirksen, J. (2020). ‘Which Are the Dimensions and Indicators Most Commonly Used to Measure Multidimensional Poverty Around the World?’, Dimensions, Vol. 11: 14-22.

Alkire, S., Dirksen, J., Nogales, R. and Oldiges, C. (2020). ‘Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability to COVID-19. A Rapid Overview of Disaggregated and Interlinked Vulnerabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa’, OPHI Briefing 54a, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford.

Alkire, S., Dirksen, J., Nogales, R. and Oldiges, C. (2020). ‘Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability to COVID-19. A Rapid Overview of Disaggregated and Interlinked Vulnerabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa’, OPHI Briefing 54, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford. This briefing is also available in French.

Alkire, S., Dirksen, J., Nogales, R. and Oldiges, C. (2020). ‘Multidimensional Poverty and COVID-19 Risk Factors. A Rapid Overview of Interlinked Deprivations Across 5.8 Billion People’, OPHI Briefing 53a, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Alkire, S., Dirksen, J., Nogales, R., and Oldiges, C. (2020). ‘Multidimensional Poverty and COVID-19 Risk Factors. A Rapid Overview of Interlinked Deprivations Across 5.7 Billion People’, OPHI Briefing 53, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford.

Alkire, S., Dirksen, J., Oldiges, C. and Nogales, R. (2020). ‘Multidimensional Poverty and the Risk from COVID-19’, Dimensions, Vol. 9: 7-10.

UNDP and OPHI (2020). Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2020. Charting Pathways out of Multidimensional Poverty: Achieving the SDGs. New York: United Nations Development Programme.

OPHI (2020). Multidimensional Poverty in Chhattisgarh: A Measure for Action. Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford.

2019

UNDP and OPHI (2019). Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2019. Illuminating Inequalities. New York: United Nations Development Programme.