European University Institute
I am a quantitative researcher working on inequality, poverty, and social policy. My research themes include social stratification, inequality in educational opportunities, unequal life-course trajectories, economic inequality, and child poverty. I also research the potential of social investment policies to reduce poverty and social inequalities. The geographic focus of my research is on Africa and Europe.
I am a PhD candidate in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) under the supervision of Prof. Fabrizio Bernardi. As part of my doctoral studies, I am exploring macro-level trends of intergenerational educational inequality in sub-Saharan Africa and analysing micro-level mechanisms behind inequality in educational trajectories. I am also interested in the extent to which public policy reforms can reduce these inequalities, a topic I focused on during my stay as visiting scholar at the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge in 2019.
Before joining the EUI, I worked as a researcher at the UNICEF Office of Research (2011-2014) and at the Economic Policy Research Institute (2015-2016). In my role as social and economic policy analyst at UNICEF, I carried out research on the measurement and analysis of child poverty and social policy evaluation. My work also involved leading regional and national workshops on poverty measurement for UNICEF regional and country offices and local partners. In my role as social policy consultant for EPRI, I carried out training and research on child poverty and analysed social protection systems.
In addition to academic research, I teach quantitative methods and social protection analysis, write opinion articles to the media, and engage in research and training with governmental institutions and international organizations, among other activities. You can find my full CV below.
PhD candidate in Political and Social Sciences (4-year full-time fully funded doctoral programme). Thesis: Intergenerational inequality in educational opportunities in low-income settings.
Visiting scholar at the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, Faculty of Education. Research focus: social stratification in education in Ethiopia using Young Lives and RISE longitudinal data.
Social Policy Consultant. Research projects: social protection and child poverty analyses in Morocco, Algeria, and Kenya.
Social and Economic Policy Consultant. Research projects: measurement and analysis of multidimensional child poverty; technical support to UNICEF country and regional offices; social protection evaluation.
MSc in Public Policy and Human Development. Specialization: Social Policy Design. Thesis: Evaluation of the ‘Placement for Training’ Unemployment Reduction Programme in Mauritius.
MA joint honours in European Studies and International Relations (First class honours). Thesis: What are the obstacles for effective cooperation between the EU and Russia?
Erasmus exchange at the Faculty of Law. University diploma received: Administration et Politique Internationales.