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Alia Aghajanian

PhD student

Alia is an economist, interested in studying individual and household behaviour in conflict settings. Her PhD thesis will determine the consequences of returning home after conflict induced displacement, specifically looking at social capital, labour market outcomes and household welfare.

Alia has worked on the Agency and Development Microcon project in Maharashtra India, looking at how communal riots have affected household welfare and behaviour. Interests include household behaviour, micro economics, poverty, and coping strategies.

Alia is an early stage research fellow with TAMNEAC – a Marie Curie initial training network funded by the European Commission.




Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme.



Social Capital and Conflict

Conflict is either caused by, or brings about, drastic changes in the underlying social relationships between members of a community involved in the conflict. As aid flows to postconflict areas, rather than being a priority in order to prevent further escalation of conflict, social capital is...

5 November 2012

Alia Aghajanian’s recent work


Looking back to look forward on 50 years of development studies

At 50 years old, the Institute of Development Studies is ‘looking back, in order to look forward’. The latest IDS Bulletin, entitled ‘Development Studies – Past, Present and Future’ aims to trace the history of development studies by bringing together two generations of scholars –...

5 May 2016