Dr Frank Vollmer



Frank is a researcher and joined OPHI in January 2018 to support the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (global MPI) team. He is also a Lecturer in development economics at the University Jaume I, Spain.

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. 



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  • Education

    PhD in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, University Jaume I, Spain
    Masters in Peace and Development Studies, University of Limerick 

  • Research interests

    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.

  • Selected publications

    Robson, M., Vollmer, F., Doğan, B., and Grede, N. (2022). ‘Distributional impacts of cash transfers on the multidimensional poverty of refugees: The ESSN programme in Turkey’, OPHI Working Paper 142, University of Oxford.

    Jones, D. 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.

    Baumert, S. 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. Link.

    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.

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

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