Nicholas Mathers

Nicholas Mathers

PhD candidate

Department of Social Policy

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Research topic:

Poverty, cash transfers and adolescents' lives: exploring the unintended consequences of Nepal's social pension

I am originally from the UK but have lived and worked in developing countries in Asia and Africa for more than 10 years. I currently live in Nepal where I recently worked for UNICEF overseeing a large scale cash transfer programme in response to the 2015 earthquakes and supporting development of the government’s social security system for children. I previously worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London focused on social protection and with Save the Children in the humanitarian sector. I hold an MSc with distinction in poverty reduction: policy and practice from SOAS for which I was awarded the University of London External Programme 150th Anniversary Prize for Academic Excellence. I am affiliated with the Centre for Social Exclusion (CASE) at the LSE but with my work focused on poverty and social exclusion in developing country contexts. 

Research interests:
My main research interests include the role of social protection programmes in tackling poverty and vulnerability in low income countries; the links between social protection and inclusive growth; multi-dimensional child poverty and vulnerability; child protection, social norms and children’s rights. My PhD research title is ‘poverty, cash transfers and adolescents' lives: exploring the unintended consequences of Nepal's social pension’, for which I am undertaking mixed-methods primary data collection in Nepal.

Supervisors: Dr Kitty Stewart, Professor Ernestina Coast

Expertise Details

Social protection systems; cash transfers; shock-responsive social protection; poverty; vulnerability and inequality; child rights; South Asia; Nepal; India; Pakistan; sub-Saharan Africa; Kenya; Sierra Leone