Dr. Francesco Burchi

Function: Project Lead & Senior Researcher

Specialization: Development Economy

Work areas:

  • Poverty measurement
  • Social Protection
  • Inequality
  • Human development
  • Inclusive growth
  • Food security and nutrition

Responsibilities in education and training:

  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Educational policies
  • Gender and Development


since 1/2018German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Researcher, Research Programme "Transformation of Economic and Social Systems"
2/2013-12/2017German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
2/2012 - 1/2013Cittalia, Research Centre of the National Association of Italian Cities
Applied economist
7/2012 - 11/2012Roma Tre University, Department of Economics
Associate researcher, National Research Project “Measuring Human Development and Capabilities in Italy”
9/2011 - 11/2011Roma Tre University
Teaching coordinator of the Module “Economics of Development” in the M.A. Programme “Learning to innovate to fight poverty in rural areas” in Burkina Faso
6/2011 - 9/2011United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bureau of Africa+
Consultant/Researcher for the 2012 African Human Development Report on “Towards a Food Secure Future”
2/2011 - 9/2011Granarolo S.P.A.
Consultant for the evaluation of the development project “Njombe Milk Project”, Kenya
10/2010 - 12/2010Bioversity International (CGIAR)
Consultant in the Diversity for Livelihoods Programme, Rome
9/2010 - 12/2010John Cabot University, Faculty of Economic Affairs
Adjunct Professor of Economics of Development
10/2008 - 9/2010Roma Tre University, Department of Economics
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
11/2004 - 5/2008Roma Tre University, Department of Economics
PhD in Institutions, Environment and Policies for Economic Development. Thesis title: "On the relationship among Education, Development and Food Security through the Capability Approach”
11/2004 - 2/2005IFAD, Asian and Pacific Division
Intern in Bhutan and Rome
02/2004 - 1/2005Roma Tre University, Faculty of Economics
M.A. in Human Development and Food Security
11/1997 - 5/2003Sapienza University of Rome
M.A. in Economics

Member of

  • Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)
  • European Association for Evolutionary Economics (EAEPE)
  • European Association of Development Research and Training (EADI)

Expertise work for

  • Economics and Human Biology
  • Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
  • Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy
  • Demographic Research (Max Plank Institute)
  • QA-Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria


  • Sanjaya Lall Prize 2014 (Best Paper Award / Oxford Development Studies)
  • Patrick J. Welch Award 2016 (Best Paper Award / Forum for Social Economics)
  • Associate Professor Habilitation, Italian National Scientific Habilitation (ASN 2013) for the scientific sector of: Economic Policy.

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces