Leonard Cheshire Development Centre

Dr Jean-Francois Trani

Dr Trani

Honorary Senior Research Fellow


Dr Trani's research examines vulnerability, in particular disability, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. His research also explores multidimensional poverty using a capability approach perspective based on Amartya Sen's research. Dr Trani has conducted research projects in Sierra Leone, Sudan, India and Afghanistan.

He developed a tool for disability screening based on the ICF and the Capability Approach, which has been piloted and tested. This tool is now embedded in the Professor Anthony Costello's Maternal and Child Survival research programme at the UCL Institute for Global Health

In collaboration with Prof. M. Biggeri from University of Florence, and the Italian NGO AIFO, Dr Trani undertook a research project in Mandya, which assessed the role and impact of the Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) approach on the lives of persons with disabilities and their communities in two CBR projects, covering Mandya district in Karnataka State in India.

Dr Trani left the Centre in October 2011 to take up a role as assistant professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis.

Selected Publications

Trani JF (Ed) (2011). Development efforts in Afghanistan: A multi-sectoral perspective on vulnerability and disability, L’Harmatthan, Paris

Trani JF, Bakhshi P, Bellanca N, Biggeri M and Marchetta F (2011). Disabilities through the Capability Approach lens: Implications for public policies. European Journal of Disability Research.

Trani JF and Loeb M (2010). Poverty and disability: A vicious circle? Evidence from Afghanistan and Zambia. Journal of International Development

Trani JF, Bakhshi P, Noor A, Lopez D & Mashkoor A (2010). Poverty, vulnerability, and provision of healthcare in Afghanistan. Social Science and Medicine, 70: 1745-1755.

Trani JF (2009). Screening children for disability. The Lancet, 374(9704): 1806-07.

Trani JF, Bakhshi P (2008). Challenges for assessing disability prevalence: the case of Afghanistan.European Journal of Disability Research, 2(1): 44-64.