Alumni profile

Sepideh Yousefzadeh

Thesis: Childhoods embargoed: constructing and reconstructing multidimensional child poverty in Iran, 2013

Promotor(s): Chris de Neubourg and Franziska Gassmann

Holding bachelors on midwifery from Shiraz University in Iran and awarded a mid-career Masters degree on Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Professional Profile
Over 14 years experience in multicultural and international settings, project cycle and program management, mainly with vulnerable populations in war-affected situations, post conflict responses, women and children. Expertise in needs assessment, strategy design and participatory planning, project implementation, policy design, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian responses and international development.

Research title:
Multidimensional child poverty in Iran (1984-2009)

Main research question:
Does long-lasting inequalities in child deprivation distinguish members of different socially defined categories (ethnic minorities)

In this study on child poverty in Iran, I define children as persons below the age of 18 and apply a constructive perspective on the child and childhood. As such, deprivation measures are qualified within a certain socioeconomic, cultural and political context (Iran) in a specific timeline (1984-2009). I examine how boys and girls, rural and urban, and different ethnic children experience deprivations and poverty. I use the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a guide in defining deprivation dimensions and the three Ps approach (Provision, Protection, Participation) in categorizing dimensions. The following dimensions will be examined in this study: Education, Housing, Water and sanitation, Child labor, Child Marriage, Mobility, Communication, and Information. The research aims to examine: Who are the poorest of the poor? Where are disparities and how they change over time?  Is it possible to identify patterns of poverty in some specific social categories (e.g. ethnic groups)?  What are differences and similarities between child poverty in 1984 and in 2008?


Selected publications by Sepideh Yousefzadeh