Ralitza Dimova is a development economist, who joined the Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester in 2010. She is currently the institute's research director. She graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven with a PhD in Economics and subsequently worked as a researcher in a number of countries, including France, Germany and the US. Prior to that she lived and worked for two years in India. Her current research focuses on labour market issues in less developed countries, particularly those in Francophone West Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. She is particularly interested in the implications of intra-household decision making and social norms on labour market outcomes and food security. Her recent and ongoing field work involves behavioural field experiments.