Dr Annalena Oppel

Dr Annalena Oppel

LSE Fellow in Inequalities and Social Science

Department of Sociology

Room No
STC S104
English, French, German
Key Expertise
Inequality, Redistribution, Social Networks, Social Protection

About me

Annalena Oppel is an LSE Fellow at the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Associate at the International Inequalities Institute. She holds a DPhil in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, the Institute of Development Studies (12/2020). Her research interest involve multidisciplinary approaches to inequality research, particularly those that utilize relational/network approaches. Her research focuses on economic inequality and trend patterns as well as justifications of inequality and the politics of social protection in contexts of the global South. Prior to joining LSE, she has been a Research Associate at UNU WIDER, a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Junior Consultant for the German Development Cooperation and the OECD.

Selected Writings

2022. Oppel, Annalena, ‘Patterns and Lived Realities: Exploring Informal Social Protection across Race and Education’. International Journal of Social Welfare. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12548.

2022. Oppel, A., McNabb, K., Chachu, D., ‘The Dynamics of Domestic Revenue Mobilization Across Four Decades’, UNU WIDER Working Paper Series, https://doi.org/10.35188/UNU-WIDER/2022/132-7

2021. Oppel, Annalena. "Sending the elevator back down: a mutual constitution between vertical and horizontal inequality." SN Soc Sci 1, 148. https://doi.org/10.1007/s43545-021-00162-1

2021. Oppel, Annalena. "Normalizing necessity? Support networks and racial inequality in Namibia." World Development. 147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105649.

2021. Oppel, Annalena. "Trends in inequality within countries using a novel dataset." United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research Working Paper 2021/139.

2021. Oppel, Annalena. "Exploring economic support networks amidst racial inequality in Namibia." United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research Working Paper 2021/102.

2020. Oppel, Annalena. "Beyond Informal Social Protection – Personal Networks of Economic Support in Namibia." Institute of Development Studies Working Paper 542.

2016. Cichon, M., Bierbaum M., Oppel A., Sander T. ‘Social Protection Floor Index – Monitoring National Social Protection Policy Implementation’, Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, available here


2022. Oppel, Annalena. ‘A Look beyond Poverty – What Role Does Economic Support Play in (Re-)Producing Inequalities?’ Sociology Lens (blog). 7 July 2022. https://www.sociologylens.net/topics/political-economic-sociology/poverty-economic-support-inequalities/41656.

2022 Oppel, Annalena, McNabb Kyle. ‘The tortoise defeats the hare – does moderate outlast rapid growth in domestic revenue?’ United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (link: https://www.wider.unu.edu/publication/tortoise-defeats-hare )

2021. Oppel, Annalena. "Social protection at a crossroad." United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research.

2021. Oppel, Annalena. "Detecting global income inequality trends." United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research.