Jessica Hagen-Zanker is a Research Fellow in Social Protection Programme at ODI. Her main research interests lie in social protection and migration and the use of quantitative methods in social protection analysis. She has extensive experience in the analysis of social protection programmes and policies, migration, remittances, design and analysis of household surveys in low-income countries, quasi-experimental impact evaluations and developing and executing rigorous, evidence-based literature reviews.
Jessica’s work in the last year includes mixed methods research on the contribution of social protection to social exclusion in four Asian countries, two reviews on the interdependencies between migration and social protection and a number of papers on making systematic reviews work in the development field. Her ODI projects included a study on the affordability of social protection in the light of international spending commitments in five Sub-Saharan countries, as well as research on fiscal space for social protection. Jessica contributed to and led a number of systematic reviews, including a DFID funded review into benefits of work guarantee schemes when compared to direct cash transfers
Prior to joining ODI in 2010, Jessica was the academic coordinator of the Social Protection Financing and Policy MSc programmes at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, where she also was PhD Fellow. Her PhD research focused on the analysis of the causes and effects of migration on migrant-sending households in countries of origin, with a particular focus on Albania and Moldova.
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