Public Policy

Interested Scholars

The following scholars are interested in this topic:

Jennifer Opare-Kumi is a PhD student at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Her research projects and interests are in the education and mental health of youth in low and middle income countries in the Global South and driven by a passion for improving evidence based policy making. Prior to Oxford, she worked as a Research Manager and Program Manager at Young 1ove-a non governmental organisation in Botswana-spearheading the national scale-up of an early grade intervention. Prior to living and working in the UK, Jennifer has experience from Botswana, South Africa and Australia.

Mara Torres Pinedo is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London. Her research focuses on how different individual attributes such as gender, migration status, and further socio-economic and risk perception characteristics, drive people’s institutional network connectivity to prepare, cope, and recover from disasters. Before starting her Ph.D., Mara achieved an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience at UCL and a BA in International Relations. Before coming to the
UK to pursue her postgraduate studies, Mara worked as a Development practitioner for over 9 years in her natal Mexico, as well as in Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras and the US.

Currently working on issues regarding the future of work, and how technology will impact employment, looking towards policies that can help the workers to prepare for it. I have also interests in understanding the state of food security in Malaysia and the region – the various factors that will impact it.

My main scientific interest revolves around questions that integrate behavioral science insights for the prevention and reduction of risks, and the achievement of sustainable adaptive behaviors.

Witness Tapani Alfonso
Areas of Expertise: Education; Social Protection; Development, Disaster; Gender Equality; Monitoring & Evaluation; Governance; Public health and Political economy
Witness Alfonso is a senior research associate at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR). With over six years of experience conducting research and managing projects in Malawi, Alfonso is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research designs, team training, fieldwork management, and data analysis. He has led large-scale data collections using both paper and electronic data collection systems, conducting research in the areas of education, food security, disaster, gender, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), governance, monitoring and evaluation, and political economy.
Alfonso has worked on research projects with both local and international researchers and organisation that include Centre for Evaluation and Development (Germany), University of Notre Dame, Programme on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Overseas Development Institute, M&C Saatchi World Services, Girl Effect Malawi, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Afrobarometer, UNICEF Malawi and the World Bank. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Development studies obtained from the University of Malawi.

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Political Theory Project at Brown University. I hold a PhD in Political Economy from King’s College London and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva.

My research focuses on understanding how developing countries solve problems of collective action and political violence. I am particularly interested in public services provision, vertical and horizontal accountability, state violence, and private governance. Empirically, I have a regional focus on Latin America and leverage an array of methods and data, such as experiments and quasi-experiments, machine learning algorithms, online surveys, and administrative records. My research has been sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Getulio Vargas Foundation, the Brazilian Ministry of Education, and Google.

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Public Policy Program at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My core interest is in climate change and digital literacy that empowers nonprofit organizations to use digital environments, social networking sites (SNSs) in particular, to support climate change action. My research agenda explores the relationship between the policy process, communication theory, movement building, and theory of change with a particular focus on the environment, nonprofit advocacy, energy, and technology. I hold a Master’s of Public Policy (2017) from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations (2012) from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. While at American, I was awarded the William K. Reilly Fellowship for my contributions to environmental governance and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Administration Honor Society, for my scholastic achievements. At Mount Holyoke, I was awarded the Elaine Conde Scholarship (2010), served as the co-chair of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC), and was a member of the student advisory board for the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

PhD Candidate Egypt Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy Interests Keywords: Big Data, Computational Models., Decision-Making, development, Disasters, Game Theory, political economy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, [...]

Currently courses PhD in Urban and Regional Studies (PPEUR/UFRN, 2020-). M.A. in Demographics (2019) at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (PPGDEM/UFRN). Bachelors in Social Sciences (2016) at UFRN and is coursing Bachelors in Statistics (2020-now) at the same university. I participated in the Scientific Committee of the III National Graduate Meeting in Demography and Related Areas (III PósDem) in 2018, linked to the XXI National Meeting of Population Studies of the Brazilian Association of Population Studies (ABEP) in Poços de Caldas / MG (2018). Researches in the areas of Educational Policies, Demography of Education, Sociology of Education, Political Science, Policy Science and Quantitative Sociology.

PhD student in Demography (PPGDEM / UFRN), Master in Demography at PPGDEM / UFRN, graduated in Social Sciences at UFRN. Its performance themes involve fertility dynamics, reproductive preferences, sexual and reproductive health, gender relations, female empowerment and sociodemographic analyzes. He is interested in the areas of Fertility, Family Demography, Demographic Dynamics, Education Demography, Quantitative Sociology, Classical and Contemporary Sociology and Political Science.

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