Mobarak Hossain

Mobarak is looking directly at the camera, wearing a dark blue top with short brown hair standing in a field.

Mobarak Hossain is a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, where he earned his DPhil in Social Policy. In January 2024, he will assume the role of Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Mobarak’s current research primarily focuses on intergenerational educational mobility, as well as educational and labour market inequalities by social origins and gender across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). He has also published research on education system reforms in LMICs and the cross-border diffusion of policies in the education sector. For updates on his research activities, please visit Mobarak’s personal website at

Journal articles

Hossain, Mobarak. (2023). The linkage between school autonomy and inequality in achievement in 69 countries: Does development level matter? Journal of Development Studies. Open access

  • Annual travel award, International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28)


Hossain, Mobarak. (2023). Perceptions of key education actors towards PISA: The case of Scotland. Oxford Review of Education. Open access


Hossain, Mobarak. (2022). Diffusing "destandardization" reforms across educational systems in low- and middle-income countries: the case of the World Bank, 1965 to 2020. Sociology of Education. Open access

  • Barnett Prize for Best Paper, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.


Hossain, Mobarak. (2021). Does Greater Community Involvement Mean More Parent-Teacher Interaction? Evidence from Seven Developing Countries. International Journal of Educational Development, 83, 102378. link  pre-print


Hossain, Mobarak. (2021). Gender Differences in Experiencing Coronavirus-Triggered Economic Hardship: Evidence from Four Developing Countries. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 71, 100555. link  free access


Hossain, Mobarak. (2021). Unequal Experience of COVID-Induced Remote Schooling in Four Developing Countries. International Journal of Educational Development, 85, 102446. open access  pre-print


Hossain, Mobarak. (2021). COVID-19 and gender differences in mental health in low- and middle-income countries: Young working women are more vulnerable. SSM - Mental Health, 100039. open access

  • Graduate Student Paper Award, Sociology of Mental Health Section, American Sociological Association.

Working papers 

Hossain, Mobarak & Jukes, Matthew. (2023). Gender differences in socioemotional skills among adolescents and young adults in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Research Report, Oxford: Young Lives


Book chapters 

Hossain, Mobarak. (2018). The Effects of Governance Reforms on School Supervision: An Analysis of Six Developing and Emerging Economies. Pp. 127-160 in Cross-nationally Comparative, Evidence-based Educational Policymaking and Reform, edited by Alexander W. Wiseman and ‪ Petrina Davidson‬. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.‬ link


Policy papers

Hossain, Mobarak. (2017). The State of Accountability in the Education Sector of Bangladesh: A Critical Overview. GEM Report Background Paper. Paris: UNESCO. link