Research interests: relational studies of inequality, mixed methods, social network analysis, ethnic and family identity, stratification, cooperative behavior, social policy.
Annalena Oppel is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. She is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex and received her MSc in Public Policy and Human Development from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the United Nations University UNU-merit.
Using mixed methods, her research explores how individual support through social networks constitute inequality-generating mechanisms in urban Namibia; particularly focussing on differences in causes of pro-social behavior, preconceived directions of support as well as socioeconomic homophily in network compositions across ethnic identity groups and income strata. Her work is supported by the Federal Foundation of German Business (SDW). As Research Assistant, Annalena is involved in a project on young rural livelihoods and school to work transitions in Ghana and Uganda, funded by the Mastercard Foundation. She also contributes to an ESRC-funded project on Conflict and Private Economic Activity (COPE) in Sub-Saharan Africa based at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, the World Bank, and The National Center For Technology Management (NACETEM) at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.
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