The Poverty Research Group is a multidisciplinary team focused on the application of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and related disciplines in and out of psychology, to poverty reduction. Key foci in our research include aid organization fund-raising and development education; teamwork and partnership for disaster relief and capacity development; and the nexus between migration and development, e.g., via job selection biases against skilled immigrants. As these examples suggest, poverty - like wealth - can be transitory just as much as enduring. The Poverty Research Group thereby collaborates with leading researchers and senior policy-advisors, to help ‘make a difference’ in human development and social justice.

The Poverty Research Group has established links with UNESCO (through the International Association of Universities); with the OECD Development Centre located in Paris; and with the Centre for Global Health at Trinity College, Dublin.

The Poverty Research Group is currently the host of an internationally funded research project examining the impact of salary disparities in aid organisations on worker performance.

Projects and Activities

  • Project Add-Up
    Aid salary discrepancies and development workers’ performance.
  • Project INCUBATE
    INternational Collaborations between Universities By Aligning Their Expertise
  • Policy Briefs
    Various policy briefs developed from our research activities

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