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Irene Selwaness

Research Fellow

  • Equity and Social Policy
Portrait of Irene Selwaness

Irene Selwaness is a Research fellow in the Equity and Social Policy programme at ODI. She also serves as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University (currently in secondment).

Her current research focuses on the care economy, social protection, school-to-work transitions, employment generation and GDP growth, and family formation and employment issues in the Middle East.

Irene has published in reputable international peer-reviewed journals including Feminist Economics; Population Research and Policy Review; Journal of International Development, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, International Journal of Manpower; and Journal of North African Studies. She is also the author of several book chapters and policy papers. She has consulted for the International Labor Organization, the World Bank, the American University in Cairo, and the Population Council.

She served as a Fred H. Bixby post-doctoral fellow at the Population Council, Cairo office. She was selected as a visiting scholar at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at the University of Minnesota under the Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship. She holds a PhD in Labor Economics from University of Paris 1– Panthéon Sorbonne (France), and a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics with specialization in Labor Economics and Demography from the same university.