S. Yousefzadeh Faal Daghati
Sepideh Yousefzadeh is a Post-doc Researcher at the University of Groningen. Her current research interest focuses on “Normative indicators of child growth” and her PhD thesis (from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance) dealt with multidimensional child poverty in Iran. She aims to bridge policy and practice concerning children's right to development with the relevant academic discourses. Prior to her experience as a researcher, she has been working in international development in several projects NGOs and the United Nations in Iran, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Her expertise comprises policy advocacy and analysis; strategic planning; project cycle management; and child rights advocacy. She has academic training in public administration at Harvard University.
My research focus in the past eight years has been on multidimensional child poverty, the Capability Approach and child growth. My research has been directed at identifying contextual opportunities and capabilities (of children and their caregivers) that shape child wellbeing. With that goal in mind I designed my PhD research on multidimensional child poverty in Iran. My significant finding was that children could perform well under the universally defined dimensions of poverty (e.g. education and shelter) and still suffer from contextually relevant dimensions (Yousefzadeh in childhoods embargoed 2013; Yousefzadeh, Gassmann ethical perspectives 2015, under review). As such, I found that contextual factors have an effect on the composition of dimensions of child poverty. I explained how one key factor in the Iranian context – legal age of end of childhood – affects the multidimensional poverty. In the context of global studies this finding means that the contextual sociocultural characteristics should be included in the – more or less universal - child poverty/wellbeing indices.
During my post-doctoral research on child growth I built on this finding and developed a framework that focuses on what children are actually capable to achieve in physical growth by analyzing the resources that are available to them and their caregivers, as well as social, environmental and individual factors that enhance or restrict utilization of those resources.
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATES
- PhD degree, Governance and Policy Analysis, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
- Certificate, Learning Program on Budget Policies and Investment for Children, Oxford Policy Management (June 2008)
- Certificate, Learning Program on Public Policy, Advocacy and Partnerships fo children’s Rights, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, March 2007 (August 2007)
- Master of Public Administration, The Edward S. Mason Program Award in Public Policy and Management, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, June 2005 (focusing on human rights, adaptive leadership and democratization).
- BA in Midwifery, Medical University, Shiraz, Iran 1992.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Feb 2013 till present – University of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences: Postdoc researcher, Normative indicators of child health and nutrition – one size fits all?
Oct 2010-Jan 2013 - UNU-Mertic / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance: PhD researcher;
Tempus Project Researcher: designing curricula for the European Commission’s Joint Project - Diploma Public Policy and Child Rights (Egypt and Jordan)
Consultancy for UNICEF Kazakhstan and UNICEF Pacific Islands
Teaching (in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
Academic advisor at the University College Maastricht, teaching bachelor students at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Maastricht University and University College Maastricht, supervising bachelor and master student theses
Feb 2010- Mar 2010 - APNE AAP (long distance), IRAN: Designing participatory monitoring and evaluation tool for local communities. Consultancy with rehabilitation projects with prostituted girls and trafficked women in Dehli, India
Apr 2006-Jul 2009 - UNICEF COUNTRY OFFICE, IRAN - Monitoring & Evaluation Officer; Child Rights Partnership Specialist
Initiate new partnership with: religious leaders, institutes and universities to advocate child rights; Ministry of Social Welfare to mainstream social policy for children in national strategies; Ministry of Interior to enhance social and development planning role of the ministry and its local offices at central and local levels; initiate strategies to involve civil society members in child rights advocacy at the local levels
Dec 2005-Mar 2006 - FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION, IRAN -Program Manager: Contribute to development of strategic planning, organizational strategic vision, and developing program to establish the first “positive club” in Tehran
Nov 2005- UNICEF Country Office, Iran - Consultancy Consultant: Develop training curriculum on life skills for women
Jun 2005-Sep 2005 Harvard University, JohnF.KennedySchool of Government , USA - Research Associate for an independent academic project (women’s representation and impacts of affirmative actions in post conflict settings) conducted at HarvardUniversity under the direction of Professor Pippa Norris, the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
Jul 2003-Jun 2004 - Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Afghanistan- Field Office Advisor, contribute in establishing: provincial planning teams and MSH regional field offices; conducting management gap analysis with local public administrators in the health sector; facilitating strategic planning sessions in respective districts
Oct 1999-Jun 2003 - Ockenden International, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan - Acting Country Representative (Afghanistan); Regional Program Development Coordinator (Dubai and Pakistan); Program Manager (Iran): Establish country office in Lebanon, evaluate country programs and humanitarian responses for refugees and IDPs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, develop new organizational structure and policy in Afghanistan for the projects’ shift from relief to development, design and manage the relief support to refugee camps, design strategic plans, budget planning and monitoring, communication
May 1998-Sep 1999 - International Consortium for Refugees in Iran, Iran. Information and Training Officer: Develop updated studies and situation report on refugees’ situation in Iran, hold meetings and events to disseminate update reports
May 1996- Apr 1998 - Family Planning Association of Iran - Program Officer: Develop awareness raising programs for public on reproductive health issues; develop training programs on new methods of family planning
May 1993-Apr 1996 - Ministry of Health and Medical Sciences, Iran - Information, Education and Communication Officer: Develop training programs for local administrators, develop strategies and policies on family planning initiatives for local authorities, design and monitor projects, design and coordinate national level events and awareness raising campaigns, monitoring and evaluation, coordinate and administrate national level studies and surveys
2004-2009 - VOLUNTEER WORK/PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING, IRAN
- United Nations’ Iran Country Theme Group: Governance and Human Rights (2006-2009) AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS:
- Abdulaziz A. Al-Tuwaijri International Public Service Fellowship (Harvard University)
- Joint Japan-World Bank Scholarship (to attend Mid-Career MPA at KSG, Harvard)
(2010-2013) European Commission’s Joint Tempus Project on Establishing Diploma Public Policy and Child Rights in Egypt and Jordan.
(2006-2009) Academic support for child rights advocacy – a collaboration between UNICEF Iran and three academic institutions: Kharazmi University, Mofid University, Imam Sadiq University.
(2007-2009) Establishing partnership between UNICEF and academic religious institutions in Iran to advocate child rights.
(2007-2009) UNICEF’s global study on child poverty: Iran project.
(2006-2008) A comparative study on Child Rights and Islam, Mofid University and UNICEF, Iran.
(2005) Conducting interviews and assembling information (Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan) for An independent academic project on women’s representation and impacts of affirmative actions in post conflict settings conducted at Harvard University by Professor Pippa Norris, the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the winner of Karl Deutsch prize in 2014 (among other prizes).
Conference presentations, seminars and workshops:
(2015) Child Health and Justice (speaker) – a research workshop by University of Salzburg in cooperation with the Jurilog Group of the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Concil. Madrid, Spain
(2015) Toward a multidimensional approach to child growth and development Milan (speaker) – EXPO 2015 Workshop, Laboratorio Expo project, Fondazione GianGiacomo Feltrinelli. Milan, Italy.
(2014) Proposing a multidimensional, multilevel approach to define child growth (speaker) - International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.
(2012) Our Youth, Conflict or Prosperity (speaker)- Maastricht School of Management Annual Research Conference. Maastricht, the Netherlands
(2012) Youth in Unrest - The destiny of Middle East: Youth fighting for liberty, United Nations Students Association Maastricht and Maastricht University (panel member and presenter). Maastricht, the Netherlands
(2010) Adolescent Girls – Cornerstone of Society Conference (speaker) - UNICEF and New School University Conference. New York, United States
(2008) Rethinking Poverty: Making Policies that Work for Children (participant) - UNICEF and New School University Conference. New York, United States
(2002) First International Symposium on Post Primary Education for Refugees and Internally Displace (participant) – Refugee Education Trust, Ford Foundation, UNHCR. Geneva, Switzerland
(2012) Co-organizing a workshop on “Dislocation, Inclusion, and the Spaces of Identity Youth and Children in the Arab World and the EU,” Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.
(2011) Organization of an international academic conference on ‘children with incarcerated parents,’ United Nations University/Maastricht University.
(2011) Coordination of the team of lecturers and students participating in a workshop on “Social Media and Youth Participation” in Jordan as part of the Tempus consortium project.
(2006) UNICEF coordinator for the Second Millennium Development Goal Report of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
(2005) Organization of a panel discussion on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Iranian Constitutional Revolution at the Carr Center, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Governance.
(2004) Coordination of field interviews for the Global Survey on Education in Emergencies, for “Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children.”
(2002) Coordination of roundtables, collecting information and reporting on: Securing Communities for Reconstruction in Afghanistan for “Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research.”
Other academic activities
(2010-2013) Tempus Project Coordinator in Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (about 31,000 euros) for the European Commission’s Joint Tempus Project on Establishing Diploma Public Policy and Child Rights in Egypt and Jordan (over 750,000 euros).
(2012-2013) UNICEF Kazakhstan - Situation Analysis of Child’s Disability for the Development of Inclusive Society in the Republic of Kazakhstan. US$ 102,000
(2012-2013) UNICEF Pacific Islands Regional Office – Production of a Regional Synthesis Report & Review of Sentinel Site Monitoring – UNICEF Pacific Regional Office. US$ 46,481
(2010-2013) Academic advisor at the University College Maastricht.
(2010-2013) Supervising two bachelor and four master thesis at the University College Maastricht, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Maastricht, and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.
(2013-2015) Teaching master course on population policies and interventions for Master Population Studies, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Groningen University.
(2010-2013) Teaching bachelor and master level courses (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University College Maastricht).
(2012) Teaching at the workshop on measuring and mitigating poverty among forced migrant children, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.
Development of curricula:
(2013) Module development for Population Policies and Intervention in Master Population Studies, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Groningen University.
(2010-2012) Module development for Tempus Project, Diploma on Public Policy and Child Rights, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.
(2013-2015) Population Policies and Interventions course for the Master Population Studies, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Groningen University.
(2015) Population and Development as part of the minor Population Studies, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Groningen University.
Organizing and designing short courses:
(2013) Designing a short course on Public Policy and the Arab Spring, United Nations University, Maastricht University.
(2012) Co-designing and co-organizing an International Student Intensive Program on “Poverty and Exclusion of Children and Youth: An International Perspective,” the Hague.
Committees and membership:
Member of the Research Ethical Committee, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Groningen
Member of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRnet), a Network of global childhood studies researchers (http://www.icyrnet.net/index.php?page=home&lang=en)
Member of the Southern Childhoods Network (http://www.southernchildhoods.org/)
Taskforce member (Towards Multidimensional Indicators of Child Growth and Development) at the International Union of Nutritional Sciences
Member of The Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development
Reviewer for journals: Sage Open (2014) and Social Indicator Research (2012)
(1996-1998) Family Planning Quarterly - A quarterly published by the Family Planning Association (a member NGO of the Planned Parenthood Association) in Iran. Tehran, Iran.
Outreach and popularization:
(2008-2015) Periodic columns for university blogs, city magazines and a number of blog/websites hosted by women’s rights and child rights advocates in Iran
Yousefzadeh, S. (2015). Children of Iran 1984-2009: Three decades of war, embargos and rising social indicators. Wheelock International Journal of Children, Families, and Social Change, (in press).
Yousefzadeh, S. (2008). Children's situation in Iran (an analysis of situation, approaches and challenges). [vaziat-e koodadan dar Iran (tahlil-e vaziat, rooykard va chalesh-ha)] Human Rights, 2(2).
Policy related publications
Tomini, S., Vanore, M., Yousefzadeh, S., & Gassmann, F. (2014). Situation analysis of children with disabilities for the development of an inclusive society in the republic of Kazakhstan. (No. S65). Astana: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Tomini, S., Vandeninden, F., Yousefzadeh, S., & Gassmann, F. (2014). Vulnerability and resilience in pacific island countries - production of a regional synthesis report & review of senital site monitoring 2009-2012 – UNICEF pacific regional office. (Maastricht University internal report - to be published by UNICEF). Maastricht: Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.
Yousefzadeh, S., Tomini, S., Vendeninden, F., & Gassmann, F. (2014). Looking back, moving forward: Review of senital site monitoring in the pacific 2009-2012. (Maastricht University internal report - to be published by UNICEF). Maastricht: Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.
Salazar-Volkmann, C., Yousefzadeh, S., & Kleijburg, J. (2007). Prevention and protection of children in contact with the law in the Islamic republic of Iran - policy paper. UNICEF Iran - Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.
Townsend, D., Salazar, C., Kleiburg, J., Asaei, S. E., Parsi, A., Yousefzadeh, S., Behazin, A. (2006). Children in focus, 60 years of UNICEF in Iran. Tehran, Iran: UNICEF Iran.
Yousefzadeh, S. (2013). Childhoods embargoed - Construction and reconstructing multidimensional child poverty in Iran (Doctoral thesis).
Yousefzadeh, S., & Maddah, H. (accepted). Children in residential care in Iran: A capability approach. In T. Islam, & L. Fulcher (Eds.), Residential child and youth care in a developing world: Asian and Middle East Perspective. Cape Town: CYC-Net Press.
Yousefzadeh, S., Mora, A. M., & de Neubourg, C. (2012). Multidimensional deprivation among children in Iran. In A. Minujin, & S. Nandy (Eds.), Global child poverty and wellbeing. Bristol: Policy Press.
Working papers and papers under review
Haisma, H., Yousefzadeh, S., Boele, & P.Toward a multidimensional measure of child growth. Unpublished manuscript.
Yousefzadeh, S., Biggeri, M., & Haisma, H. (2015). Applying a capability approach to child growth. Unpublished manuscript.
Yousefzadeh, S., & Gassmann, F. (2015). Local needs and global indicators: A contextual approach to multidimensional child poverty - case study: Iran 1984-2009. Ethical Perspective, Special Issue Justice and Disadvantages During Childhood (under review).
Outreach and popularization [blog postings]
Yousefzadeh, S. (2015). World day against child labor: How many have to work? Retrieved from http://www.merit.unu.edu/world-day-against-child-labour-how-many-have-to-work/
Yousefzadeh, S. (2013). Lifting the embargo on the children of Iran. Retrieved from http://www.merit.unu.edu/alumniwatch-lifting-the-embargo-on-the-children-of-iran/
Yousefzadeh, S. (2012). Children of incarcerated parents: Under the focus of united nation's committee on the rights of the child. Retrieved from http://www.feministschool.com/spip.php?page=print&id_article=6983
Yousefzadeh, S. (2011). Children and politics. Retrieved from https://dppcr.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/children-in-time-of-turmoil/
Yousefzadeh, S. (2011). Giving a voice to the children of prisoners: Incarcerated connection". Retrieved from http://blog.merit.unu.edu/giving-a-voice-to-the-children-of-prisoners-incarcerated-connection/Yousefzadeh, S., & Shekarloo, M. (2010). Adolescent girls in Iran: Becoming a citizen of the Islamic state at the intersection of gender and youth.
Yousefzadeh, S., & Shekarloo, M. (2010). Adolescent girls in Iran: Becoming a citizen of the Islamic state at the intersection of gender and youth. Retrieved from http://www.feministschool.com/spip.php?article6714
Acknowledged contributions to International Reports
UNICEF. (2007). Global study on child poverty and disparities 2007-2008 guide. (Guide). New York: UNICEFhttp://www.unicef.org/socialpolicy/files/UNICEFGlobalStudyGuide.pdf.
President’s Office. (2006). The second Millennium Development Goals report of the Islamic republic of Iran. (No. HC475.1794.2008). Tehran: President's Deputy for Strategic Planning and Control, Center for Scientific Documentation, Museum and Publications.http://www.undp.org/content/dam/iran/docs/Publications/MDGs/IR-MDGs%20Report%2006-English.pdf
Year of award
Conference grant. International Conference on Incarcerated Connection – UNU-Merit (United Nations University and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance)
Abdulaziz A. Al-Tuwaijri International Public Service
Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship
Consultancy on the Situation Analysis of Child’s Disability for the Development of Inclusive Society in the Republic of Kazakhstan – UNICEF Kazakhstan
Consultancy on Vulnerability and Resilience in Pacific Island Countries – Production of a Regional Synthesis Report & Review of Sentinel Site Monitoring – UNICEF Pacific Regional Office
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