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.

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.

I am a Criminologist and Geographer who specialises in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). My PhD is about unreported domestic abuse in Essex, UK. Prior to my PhD I worked for many years in local and central government research.