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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

Professor Patricia Justino is a development economist specialising in applied microeconomics. Her current research work focuses on the impact of violence and conflict on household welfare and local institutional structures, the microfoundations of violent conflict and the implications of violence for economic development.

Other research interests include the measurement of multidimensional inequality and poverty and their effects on social development and economic growth, the measurement and modelling of poverty (static and dynamic), the role of social security and redistribution on economic growth and household welfare and the impact of economic shocks on household income mobility.

Patricia has led several research projects funded by the British Academy, DFID, the European Commission, the ESRC, FAO, the Leverhulme Trust, UNDP, UNESCO, UN Women and the World Bank. She is the Director of MICROCON and co-founder and co-director of the Households in Conflict Network. Since June 2010, Patricia convenes the Conflict and Violence cluster at IDS.

For a complete list of publications please see Patricia’s CV and her page in IDEAS.

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Programme and centre

Addressing and mitigating violence

Generating practical policy options for states and citizens so they can better address and mitigate violence in both rural and urban settings.


Scaling-Up Early Child Development Interventions in Rwanda

This project aims to establish a long-term partnership between the IDS, Save the Children UK (SCUK) and Save the Children International Rwanda (SCI-R) to analyse, evaluate and scale-up (in partnership with the Government of Rwanda) a unique holistic programme (First Steps) that supports families...



Journal Article

Redistributive Preferences and Protests in Latin America

Journal of Conflict Resolution;12 February 2019

This article analyzes the role of individual redistributive preferences on protest participation. The article focuses on Latin America, a region that has experienced substantial protests and demonstrations in the last decade, making use of individual-level data on redistributive preferences and...

12 February 2019

Journal Article

The Microeconomics of Violent Conflict

Journal of Development Economics

In our brief review, we take stock of the emergence, in the last decade, of the “microeconomics of violent conflict” as a new subfield of empirical development economics. We start by de-bunking common misperceptions about the microeconomics of conflict and identify several contributions to...

25 October 2018

Patricia Justino’s recent work

Past Event

Report Launch: Domestic Violence in Ghana

This one-day event will see the launch of a major new research report entitled Domestic Violence in Ghana: Incidence, Attitudes, Determinants and Consequences.

17 August 2016