Ricardo is the head of research for Oxfam GB. He manages a team delivering high profile research in support of Oxfam's global campaigns. He works towards building the capacity of the whole organisation to deliver high quality, and high impact research in countries where Oxfam works; including developing an internal community of research, creating high profile collaborations and securing significant funding. Ricardo also plays a key role in shaping the intellectual leadership of Oxfam on the challenges facing development.
Prior to joining Oxfam, he worked with UNDP where he recently led the production of the first Africa Human Development Report. He co-authored several global Human Development Reports as well as the World Bank's World Development Report 2010 and is currently collaborating with the new assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Before joining UNDP, he worked in the Ministry of Social Development in Mexico and the research department of the Inter-American Development Bank.
He has conducted research on food security, climate change, social security and social policy, regional development, income, poverty, and inequality. He graduated with honors from CIDE in Mexico City and earned a master's degree in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain.