Professor Karimli is a social welfare scholar who researches the multiple non-economic dimensions of poverty and social exclusion in global context, seeking remedies at both the program and policy levels. Professor Karimli’s research examines well-established poverty-reduction interventions, demonstrates that poverty reduction is contextual and contingent, and aims at changing the current poverty-reduction discourse by building a strong empirical evidence base to show that the opposite of poverty is not just monetary well-being, but also having voice and decision-making power, as well as agency to make choices. Professor Karimli’s research uses longitudinal quantitative (experimental and quasi-experimental) designs to examine the links between the economic dimensions of poverty, social norms, social support mechanisms, and psycho-social outcomes in order to inform poverty-alleviation programs and policies in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia.
Professor Karimli has 13 years of international research and practice experience focusing on poverty and social exclusion, including working with international development agencies in the former Soviet Union and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, she was involved in research in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Colombia, Philippines, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Professor Karimli received her PhD from Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a concentration in social policy and social welfare. She completed her postdoctoral trainings at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and New York University’s Silver School of Social Work’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.
Professor Karimli is a faculty affiliate at Luskin’s Global Public Affairs, the International Center on Child Health and Asset Development (ICHAD), and UCLA’s California Center for Population Research (CCPR).
Karimli, L., Ssewamala, F. M.., Neilands, T.B., Wells, C. R., & *Bermudez, L. (2019) Poverty, economic strengthening, and mental health among AIDS orphaned children in Uganda: mediation model in a randomized clinical trial. Social Science & Medicine, 228, 17-24
Karimli, L. Shephard, D.D., McKay M. M., Batista, T., & *Allmang, S. (2019) Effect of non-formal experiential education on personal agency of adolescent girls in Tajikistan: findings from a randomized experimental study. Global Social Welfare
Karimli L., *Rost L., Ismayilova L. (2018). Integrating economic strengthening and family coaching to reduce work-related health hazards among children of poor households: Burkina Faso. Journal of Adolescent Health, Special Issue, Global Perspectives on Economic Strengthening, 62(1):S6–S14.
Karimli, L., Samman, E., Rost, L., & Kidder, T. (2016) Factors and Norms Influencing Unpaid Care Work: Household survey evidence from five rural communities in Colombia, Ethiopia, The Philippines, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Oxford, UK: Oxfam, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care.
Karimli, L. & Ssewamala, F.M. (2015) Do savings mediate changes in adolescents’ future orientation and health-related outcomes? Findings from randomized experiment in Uganda. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57 (4), 425-432
Karimli, L., Ssewamala, F. M., Neilands, T. B., & McKay, M. M.. Matched children savings accounts in low resource communities: Who saves? Global Social Welfare, 2 (2), 53-64
Karimli, L., Ssewamala, F. M., & Neilands, T. B. (2014) Poor families striving to save in matched children’s savings accounts: Findings from a randomized experimental design in Uganda. Social Service Review, 88 (4), 658-694
Karimli, L., Ssewamala, F. M., & Ismayilova, L. (2012) Extended families and perceived caregiver support to AIDS orphans in Rakai district of Uganda. Children and Youth Services Review, 345 (7), 1351-1358