Dr David Lawson

Senior Lecturer

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Research interests

My specialised research area utilises microeconometric and ‘Q-squared’ (quantitative and qualitative) research methods to analyse (extreme) poverty, particularly in relation to health (inequalities) and gender issues, in low-middle income countries but especially within sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Most recently this work has focused on conceptualising and measuring extreme poverty through the use of unintended panels, exploring the impact of cash transfers and other programs and policies (“What Works for the Poorest”) on extreme poverty/welfare in SSA. Current research projects focus on intertemporal analysis of income decomposition, gender empowerment (indexed social norms) violence and employment effects, access to justice, and the impact of climate hazards and urbanisation on child welfare and extreme poverty.

Other research

Selected Research Projects:

Engendering Access to Justice for Development in sub-Saharan Africa (2018-19), ESRC/IAA

Gender and Employment Effects of Structural Reforms on the Very Poorest in Developing Countries - Impact and Access to Justice (2012-14-16), British Academy, UoM.

Gender and Employment in Central Asia (2012-15) German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany - IZA/DFID G|L|M, LIC Programme (430,000 euros).

Community Based System (CoBaSys) (2010-13) Community Based HIV/AIDS Impact Solutions in Southern SSA.  EU/ACP (1.1m euros).

Financial Crisis, Development and the Changing Shape of the Global Economy(2010), Co-convenor of this Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2nd Annual Development Economics Conference.

Future Directions for Norwegian Development Finance (2010), NORAD

Gender-Based Inequality and Violence: Implications for Health and Poverty - A Cross-country Analysis for sub-Saharan Africa (2007-8-9), British Academy, University of Nottingham.

Chronic and Extreme Poverty in SSA (2002-9), Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC) and Global Poverty Research Groups (GPRG). Led research(ers)/themes investigated chronic and extreme poverty across SSA, calculating global extreme poverty numbers and contributor to Chronic Poverty Reports (2004, 2008).

Understanding Poverty Dynamics and Extreme Poverty in SSA (2004-7), Department for International Development (DFID UK, Uganda).

Gender and Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa (2003-6), World Bank (Washington D.C.).

Health and Poverty Dynamics in SSA (2003-4), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship



Research and projects

  1. Community based system in HIV treatment

    Bracking, S., Lawson, D., Mueller, T. & Woodhouse, P.


    Project: Research