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Biography

Jeevun is an Economist who is undertaking PhD research on the political and economic causes of income inequality and poverty, as well as the subsequent impact that income inequality and poverty have on wellbeing, with a special focus on the United Kingdom.

In particular, his research focuses on: how the electoral importance of groups affects the redistributive policies of taxation and social security and subsequently income inequality and poverty; the impact that technological change has had on team-based working practices and earnings inequality; and the differing impacts that inter-personal and spatial income inequality have on wellbeing as defined by Sen’s Capability Approach.

His research involves constructing and testing formal theoretical models using microsimulation modelling as well as econometric and causal inference methods.

His PhD research is an extension of his previous research on labour economics, inequality, poverty, social security and the philosophical foundations of Sen’s Capability Approach to wellbeing, which he undertook during his professional career and his previous degrees at graduate (Msc Economic Development and Economic Policy Analysis) and undergraduate (BA Economics and Philosophy) level.

During his PhD, he has also completed work for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on who would lose their job due to COVID-19, where the jobs would be lost, and how the government should respond to stop a wave of unemployment. Their proposed Job Support Scheme was to be rolled out by the Chancellor prior to the resumption of the national lockdown.

Jeevun is also the co-host of Politics JaM, a podcast that analyses the week’s news and hot topics through a political science lens. It has featured in the Mail on Sunday as one of their podcasts of the week. His work has also been covered in the national news, the World Economic Forum, and he has also appeared on BBC radio as an expert commentator.

Prior to starting his PhD, Jeevun worked as an economist at the Somaliland Ministry of Finance, HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions, where he advised them on budgeting, macroeconomic policy, inequality, poverty and social security.

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Research Interests

  • Political Economics
  • Inequality and Poverty
  • Labour Economics
  • Taxation and Social Security
  • Wellbeing and Sen’s Capabilities Perspective

Supervisors 

Dr. David Hope and Dr. Florian Foos