The Oxford team will be a joint venture between the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) and will be led by ODID. 



Professor Christopher Adam is the Oxford Team Leader. Adam is a Professor of Development Economics and Head of ODID. His research focuses on the macroeconomics of low-income countries, in particular those of Africa, with a focus on monetary economics and public finance; and growth and structural change in low-income countries. His work uses methods of quantitative macroeconomics including stochastic and deterministic general equilibrium techniques.  Professor Adam is also the Lead Academic for the IGC programme in Tanzania and a Visiting Scholar at the IMF. He is currently Co-Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and serves as a member of the editorial board of Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford Development Studies and the Tanzanian Economic Review. Previously, he served as external Macroeconomic Adviser to the Policy Division at DFID, as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee Inquiry into Aid Effectiveness and represented DFID as Vice Chair of the African Economic Research Consortium.   


Christopher Woodruff is a member of the Oxford Team. Woodruff is a Professor of Development Economics and a Fellow at Wolfson College. His research focuses on enterprises in low-income countries, with noted work on returns to capital investments in microenterprises and the effect of formal registration on enterprise performance. He is a pioneer in the use of field experiments in firms.  In addition to his position at Oxford, Professor Woodruff is the Scientific Coordinator for the DFID-CEPR joint research venture on Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) and directs the Firm Capabilities group at the International Growth Centre. He is a Research Associate at NBER, a Research Fellow at CEPR, CAGE and IZA, as well as a Senior Fellow of BREAD.   


Gabriel Ulyssea is member of the Oxford Team and an Associate Professor in Development Economics in Oxford’s Department of Economics, as well as a CEPR Research Affiliate in the development economics programme. He is also a Research Fellow at IZA. His main research interests include economic development and labour economics. His current research focuses on informality, the labour market effects of labour regulation and trade and the role of firms in economic development.  Prior to joining the Economics Department at Oxford in 2018, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at PUC-Rio, after having received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.