Irene Selwaness is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. Her current research focuses on the care economy, social protection, school-to-work transitions, employment generation and GDP growth, and family formation and employment issues in the Middle East.  She worked closely with the Population Council, Cairo office, as a Fred H. Bixby post-doctoral fellow. She also served as a Carnegie post-doctoral fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at the University of Minnesota. She holds a PhD in Labor Economics from University of Paris 1– Panthéon Sorbonne (France), and an MA in Quantitative Economics with specialization in Labor and Demographic Economics from the same university.