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Adel Daoud

Research Fellow in Political Economy


Dr Adel Daoud, joined the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2016 to examine the impact of the International Monetary Fund’s conditionalities on people’s living conditions in developing countries (with Professor Lawrence King, Alexander Kentikelenis, Dr Bernhard Reinsberg, and Thomas Stubbs). His research broadly covers development studies (child health and poverty), international political economy, and economic sociology.

Dr Daoud’s work pushes current boundaries in the field by focusing on global comparisons and by combining large-scale macro and micro databases (specifically, the Demographic Health Surveys and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey). For example, in a current study, published in PLoS ONE, he led work on how natural disasters effect child poverty globally (67 middle and low-income countries). The study shows how children living in high-disaster countries - such as India, Kenya, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Thailand - run a higher risk of being knocked down to a state of absolute poverty, regardless of the institutional qualities in these countries. In another study, published in World Development, he and his colleagues show that efficient governing institutions lift children out of poverty. In a study, in Social Science & Medicine, he quantifies the adverse effect of accelerating food prices on child undernutrition in two African countries: Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Methodologically, Dr Daoud has an interest for various statistical techniques such as multilevel modelling, Bayesian statistics, social network analysis, machine learning, and quantitative text analysis (topic modelling).

His work appears in journals such as, American Journal of Economy and Sociology, British Journal of Sociology of Education, World Development, Review of Social Economy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Industrial & Corporate Change, Social Science & Medicine, PLoS ONE.

Selected publications

Daoud, Adel, Björn Halleröd, and Deberati Guha Sapir, (2016) “What is the association between absolute child poverty, poor governance, and natural disasters? A global comparison of some of the realities of climate change” PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0153296

Daoud, Adel, (2015) “Quality of Governance, Corruption, and Absolute Child Poverty in India” Journal of South Asian Development, 10(2), pp. 1-20

Nandy, Shailen, Adel Daoud, David Gordon, (2016) “Examining the changing profile of undernutrition in the context of food price rises and greater inequality”, Social Science & Medicine, 149 (January), pp. 153-163

Halleröd, Björn Bo Rothstein; Adel Daoud; Shailen Nandy , (2013) “Bad Governance and Poor Children: A Comparative analysis of government efficiency and severe child deprivation in 68 low- and middle-income countries”, World Development, 48 (August), pp.19-31

Contact details

Adel Daoud
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG


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