23 May 2022

Adel Daoud, Associate Professor in analytical sociology, has been elected as one of six new members to the Young Academy of Sweden. Membership period 2022–2027.

Adel Daoud, Associate Professor in analytical sociology at Linköping University, and,  Affiliated Associate Professor in data science and AI at Chalmers University of TechnologyAdel Daoud, Associate Professor in analytical sociology at Linköping University, and, Affiliated Associate Professor in data science and AI at Chalmers University of Technology Photo credit Astrid Dünkelmann

 "I commit to the Young Academy of Sweden because the academy offers a unique opportunity to change, improve, and refine Swedish universities and their position globally" says Adel Daoud.

Adel Daoud defended his dissertation in sociology in 2011 with the title "Scarcity, Abundance, and Sufficiency - Contributions to Social and Economic Theory" at the University of Gothenburg. After that, he held positions at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies and the Alan Turing Institute. He started working at the Institute of Analytical Sociology on April 1, 2021.

Passionate poverty researcher

 About 300 million people in Africa live in extreme poverty. Given that living in impoverished communities can trap people in cycles of deprivation (‘poverty traps’), major development actors such as China and the World Bank have deployed a stream of projects to break these cycles (‘poverty targeting’). However, as scholars are held back by a data challenge, research has up until now been unable to answer fundamental questions such as whether poverty traps exist, and to evaluate what extent interventions can release communities from such traps.

Today, Adel's research is much more applied and is about global poverty. He leads a research group that works to identify the extent to which African societies are trapped in poverty and to increase our understanding of how different competing poverty interventions change these societies' opportunities to get out of poverty traps.

"I am a combination of social scientists, poverty researchers and computer scientists. My group develops artificial intelligence algorithms to measure poverty from satellite images and to analyse the effect of local assistance", says Adel Daoud. 

We are both honored and happy to welcome new members. Young academies collaborate around the world and the work of standing up for freedom and knowledge is more important than ever.
Mia Liinason, Chair of the Young Academy of Sweden, professor of gender studies at Lund University 

The Young Academy of Sweden

The Young Academy of Sweden is an independent platform that gives younger researchers a strong voice in the policy debate and facilitates their efforts to contribute to a better research system and society. With a broad representation from various research fields and universities, research policy proposals, international cooperation, and outreach activities are developed.

More LiU-researchers in the Young Academy of Sweden

Active member: Sara Liin (neurobiology)

Alumni: Johanna Rosén (materials physics), Ericka Johnson (gender science), Magnus Jonsson (organic electronics), Karl Wennberg (business administration), Per Eklund (physics).

In brief about Adel


10 November 1981


Family and walks are central parts of my day. I love trying new dishes from around the world as a source of inspiration for my own cooking. Would not say no to an invitation to enjoy classic or new science fiction movies, or board games.


 I have played football in the junior legaue “allsvenskan”.

Poverty map of Africa from Global Development lab AI

Global lab AI

The vision of The AI and Global Development Lab is to combine AI and earth observation to analyze the causes and consequences of human development historically, geographically, and globally—thereby enhancing research on sustainability.

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