MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Irene Selwaness

Irene Selwaness is an assistant professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. Her main interest is in labor economics and development economics. Her current research focuses on the study of youth labor market insertion, social insurance systems and informality, labor market issues especially female labor force participation and marriage/family formation, the impact of trade reforms on labor markets, and the nexus between labor regulations, trade and employment. She worked closely with the Population Council, Cairo office, as a Fred H. Bixby post-doctoral fellow on several projects including the 2014 Survey of Young People (SYPE), Mapping Gender Pathways to Exclusion in Upper Egypt, and Social Protection and the Working Poor. She also served as a Carnegie post-doctoral fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Ph.D. in Labor Economics from University of Paris 1– Panthéon Sorbonne (France), and a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics with specialization in Labor and Demographic Economics from University of Paris 1–Panthéon Sorbonne (France).

Doctorate, University Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne
Current or most recent Employer

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University
Time in Post - 6

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia,

Disciplinary or professional background

Development (applied), Economics, Social/Public Policy

Contact Info


Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University
Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Social protection

Social safety nets ( 8 years )

Labour and employment policies ( 12 years )

Social security systems ( 8 years )

Economic development ( 12 years )

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 6 years )

Elderly ( 12 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Social protection

Social security systems

Labour and employment polices

Economic development


Academic publications

Academic conferences
Sustainability and Development Conference, November 9-11, 2018:

Professional or Trade Press
Ministry of Planning – Economic Research Forum Policy Conference Planning for Egypt’s Future using Evidence from Egypt’s Census 2017

Policy Reports

Policy Briefs

Consultancy Reports