Imane is an economist. She is a Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Oxford (Oxford Department of International Development). She studied for her PhD in Economics at the Centre for Research in the Economics of Development (CRED) at the University of Namur in Belgium. She was previously a researcher and teaching assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Imane’s research is inspired by an effort to understand what are the factors that could trigger social change with a particular focus on institutional reforms on a one hand, and the role of grass-root movements on the other hand.
Part of her research focuses on the role of legal reforms in confronting unfair customs and social norms. Part of this work is aimed at identifying the conditions under which a legal reform is able to make a custom evolve in an equity-enhancing direction in societies characterized by inequities between social groups who have antagonistic preferences. This research also investigates whether radicalism or gradual reform better serves the interests of those disadvantaged by the custom. Her work is both theoretical and empirical. She is currently working on a project on access to justice and effectiveness of the judicial system in post-conflict Burundi.
Her research is partly based on first-hand data. For her PhD research, she collected data by conducting a survey in Morocco about the reform of the Family Code. This research looks among other things at the issue of the identification of people with the law – in the sense that they recognize its legitimacy and the fact that it represents their interests. Her research also investigates whether religion may represent an obstacle to a progressive legal reform.
Imane also works on questions related to household decision-making processes. In a project on Morocco, she uses first-hand data to look at the role of religiosity of mothers on decisions concerning the education of their daughters. In this project, Imane is interested in the effects induced by the discourse of socially influential religious movements.