Alula Pankhurst is Ethiopia Country Director of Young Lives, an international study of childhood poverty. He has a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford and an MA and PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Alula taught for 16 years at Addis Ababa University as an associate Professor. His research interests include children and youth development; migration and wellbeing; and food security and social protection. He has co-edited books on migration and development, marginalised minorities, customary justice, natural resource management, and food security and social protection. His recent publications include co-edited books on Change and Transformation in Twenty Rural Communities in Ethiopia, The Rights of Children in Ethiopia, and Children’s Work and Labour in East Africa, as well as Young Lives working papers with colleagues on scaling up early learning in Ethiopia, understanding children’s experiences of violence, trajectories to early marriage, and whether children can combine school and work.