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Dr Chiara Mariotti

Lives in: London, UK
Nationality: Italian


Inequality Policy Manager, Oxfam GB, UK


Chiara Mariotti is a development economist trained at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her PhD research looked at the involuntary resettlement of tribal people to be displaced by a mega-dam in Andhra Pradesh, India; extracts from her thesis have appeared in edited books and academic journals. She has taught economics and research methods at SOAS, Bath University and Greenwich University. After the PhD she joined the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network based at Overseas Development Institute, where she worked on policies to eradicate chronic poverty, especially social protection, private sector development, macroeconomic policies and pro-poor growth. She was one of the authors of the 2015 Chronic Poverty Report and has published research on Ethiopia, Viet Nam, Ecuador and Cambodia. In 2016, she joined Oxfam GB to be part of the Even It Up (inequality) campaign, which she supports leading the policy work on solutions to inequality.  Current areas of work include research and advocacy on the IMF’s inequality agenda and research and alliance-building around alternative economic paradigms as a solution to inequality..

Personal Statement

The Oxfam Inequality Framework & Toolkit Project sponsored by the Atlantic Fellowship puts together a unique combination of practitioners, prestigious academics and researchers with a vast and diverse range of expertise in development.

I am excited to be part of this project together with Oxfam colleagues and to see come together the world of academia and that of civil society. As an Atlantic Fellow, I will contribute to the project and to the programme by helping to establish connections and synergies between these two worlds. I will bring my understanding of the deep causes of poverty and inequalities at the micro level and of their macroeconomic drivers, and my experience of anti-poverty policies in different developing contexts. I will help to make sure that the framework deepens and at the same time simplifies our understanding of how inequality is produced and reproduced in different parts of the world and that the toolkit answers the research and analysis needs of Oxfam country partners.