Nicky Pouw

Nicky Pouw is assistant professor in the International Development Studies programme and member of the Governance for Inclusive Development (GID) research group at AISSR, UvA. She was trained as a development economist at the University of Amsterdam (MA) and at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (PhD) with an individual NWO-WOTRO fellowship. She completed her PhD on The Characterization and Monitoring of Poverty. Smallholder farmers in rural Uganda at the Free University in 2008 with Professor Jan Wilem Gunning and Professor Chris Elbers. She holds over 10 years of teaching experience in the field of development studies, particularly in courses on development economics, poverty analysis, research methodologies, development theories, and gender and development. Nicky has been involved in multiple research projects on poverty assessment, gender mainstreaming, economic literacy, impact of aid, welfare indicators measurement in various countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, Uganda, Kenia and Tanzania, and recently in India and Sri Lanka. Her current research interests lie in the field of inclusive economic development, economic theory and modeling, poverty and inequality, gender and economics, household survey analysis and rural economic development. Currently, she is developing a research line on the theme of 'Inclusive Economics', in which she proposes an alternative approach to economics in response to the recent critique to the economics discipline.

Employment record:

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lecturer and researcher in the Program in International Development Studies at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, UvA. Responsible for preparation and design of lectures in Poverty and Development in a Comparative Perspective; Research Methods and Techniques for doing Field-Research in IDS; Introduction to IDS; Annual Lecture series in IDS; Thesis supervision. Responsible for academic quality of MSc program and departmental activities, including the writing of a Proposal Funds International Co-operation in Education; Re-accreditation Research Master’s IDS and Master’s IDS; Coordination of Erasmus Mundus proposal in close collaboration with Cardiff University (UK) and Lund University (Sweden). Chair of the Examination Committee Research Master IDS and Master’s IDS.

Relevant consultancies, appointments and other recent experience:

January – March 2012
Research consultancy for the OXFAM Novib on Women’ Reproductive Health and Poverty in Cameroon and Nigeria. A quantitative study of demographic, socio-economic and behavioural risk factors and reproductive health.

August 2011-ongoing
Design and implementation of district-level survey on Women Farmers and Social Capital in Samia District, Kenya. Joint project with CABE, local smallholder farmers’ NGO. The purpose of this study is to build-up a time series of data on women’s labor in rural locations in Kenya to analyse livelihood decisions, gender relations and income earning opportunities over time in the midst of climatic change and rural-urban migration.

June 2011
ESRC Well-Fish Project, 2011-2014. Field research in Sri Lanka & South Africa, jointly with Sarah Coulthard and partly with COCOON. Methodology training, survey design and data-analysis.

September 2010-ongoing
External Examiner at Cardiff University, Wales

March 2010-ongoing
Member of the Scientific Board of the Africa Study Centre, Leiden University.

January 2010-December 2012
Researcher within the Participatory Evaluation of Development ( research project in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Research methodology development and field-testing.

August 2005-ongoing
Co-founder and member of Board of Directors of CABE; a Kenyan NGO involved in small-scale technological development and women’s empowerment of smallholder farmers.

Fellow member
University of Amsterdam
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