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Economist, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Mehdi is an Economist at the Government Outcomes Lab. His work involves enhancing the economic research in social policy by promoting robust economic evaluation methods such as cost-effectiveness and decision analysis. He also works on value for money analysis, pricing, and impact measurement. Prior to joining the GO Lab team, he worked as a post-doc research fellow in health economics. Other experience includes directing a research programme of an entrepreneurial company, Happening Technologies, in collaboration with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, which familiarised him with designing research projects and building research capabilities in coalition with the public sector. He also has ample teaching experience and has worked with UNDP as well as a number of consultancy firms in the past.


  • 2019–present
    Economist, Government Outcomes Lab
  • 2020–2021
    Economics Seminar Leader, Blavatnik School of Government
  • 2014–2018
    Teaching Assistant, Universities of Dundee & St Andrews
  • 2016–2018
    Director of Research, Happening Technologies
  • 2018–2018
    Post-doc Fellow, University of Dundee
  • 2015–2015
    Visiting Fellow, UNDP


  • 2018 
    University of Dundee, PhD in Economics
  • 2013 
    University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, M.Sc., Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics
  • 2013 
    Paris School of Economics, M.Res. (M2), Empirical and Theoretical Economics


  • 2021
    The Luxury of Lockdown, The European journal of development research
  • 2018
    Climatic Conditions and Internal Armed Con icts: An Empirical Study, University of Aberdeen Discussion Paper No 18-8
  • 2018
    Climate Change Induced Inter-Province Migration in Iran, University of Aberdeen Discussion Paper No 18-2

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    small academic grant to conduct research with the UNDP
    Funding Source:
    Royal Economic Society
  • 2013
    PhD Studentship
    Funding Source:
    Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)
  • 2011
    Consortium Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne