IDPO @ UCLA focuses on the intersection of health, development and applied microeconomics. Research projects span the globe in pursuit of evidence-based policy solutions to challenges facing women, adolescents, and children.
THE IDPO TEAM
DIRECTOR AND LEAD RESEARCHER
Manisha Shah, vice chair and professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, conducts research on the economics of sex markets to learn how more effective policies and programs can be deployed to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. She also has many projects attempting to improve child and adolescent health and education outcomes. Shah is currently leading projects in Tanzania, Indonesia, and India, and has previously worked extensively in Ecuador and Mexico.
Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
MSc in Development Studies, London School of Economics
B.A. in Economics and Development Studies, UC Berkeley
Janine N’jie David is a nonprofit leader with over a decade of experience in education, health and economic empowerment, with a special interest in equality for women and girls globally. Previously, N’jie David held senior leadership positions at Spark and Plan UK, and holds a Master of Public Policy from UCLA Luskin.
Natalie Bau is an assistant professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is an economist studying topics in development and education economics and is particularly interested in the industrial organization of educational markets.
Darin Christensen is an assistant professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He studies institutions and policies that promote investment and mitigate social conflict in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Leyla Karimli is an assistant professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She researches the multiple non-economic dimensions of poverty and social exclusion in a global context, seeking remedies at both the program and policy levels.
IDPO post-doctoral fellow Saravana Ravindran holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. His primary research interests are in development economics, applied microeconomics and health economics.
Carlos Santos is an assistant professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Santos draws on diverse disciplines, theories and methods to better understand how oppressions overlap to create uniquely challenging circumstances for individuals.
Latoya Small is an assistant professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Small’s research focuses on health disparities, specifically, the intersection of mental health, treatment adherence and HIV among women and children in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa.
International Development and Policy Outreach @ UCLA seeks evidence-based solutions for health and development challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable populations. Please consider how you can support the IDPO mission.