My work examines the influence of home, school, and community contexts on educational access and outcomes of children and youth in resource-constrained environments. Through the analysis of diverse, large-scale, national, regional and cross-national datasets, I explore the role of policy-relevant variables in ensuring equal educational opportunities for disadvantaged learners. As countries struggle to provide education to more children with fewer resources, the pursuit of educational equity and quality compete with demands for greater efficiency. Through my research I have actively engaged with tensions among equity, quality and efficiency by examining the growth in alternative forms of education provision (reliance on various forms of private schooling, contract-based teaching) and their implications. My long-term interests as a scholar focus on ensuring that all learners in resource-constrained environments have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds.