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Alexandra Irani

Alexandra Irani

Research Coordinator of the Applied Economics and Development Research Group at the American University of Beirut (AUB)

Alexandra Irani is a socio-economic researcher whose work is focused on the measurement of human well-being, vulnerability and employment among youth, refugees and other marginalized populations to inform data-driven decision making in public policy. She is currently the Research Coordinator of the Applied Economics and Development Research Group at the American University of Beirut (AUB). In recent years, she managed research projects focusing on the assessment of child, youth and refugee well-being and deprivation in collaboration with various UN organizations and public entities. This includes the development of a multi-dimensional measure of vulnerability among Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian youth, the development of a joint UNHCR-WFP poverty targeting approach for food and multipurpose cash assistance to Syrian Refugees and working on the UNICEF Multiple Deprivation Overlapping analysis for children living in Lebanon. Alexandra’s work also concentrated on national household surveys such as the Rapid Poverty Assessment for Lebanon held jointly with the Ministry of Social Affairs, UNDP, UNICEF and WFP and the AUB-UNRWA Socio-economic Survey of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon. Prior to her research positions, Alexandra worked at the ILO’s Regional Office in Beirut on the implementation of various entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprise development projects and on the improvement of working conditions in Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen between 2009 and 2014. She also published research related to sustainable transportation, climate change, and conservation agriculture. Most notably, she contributed to the 2016 UNDP Arab Human Development Report as a main data analyst. She holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and Development (2015) and a Bachelor in Economics (2009) from AUB.