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Biography

I am a quantitative researcher working on inequality, poverty, and social policy. My research themes include social stratification, inequality across generations over the life-course, and child poverty. I also study the potential of social policies to reduce poverty and social inequalities. Geographically my research is focused on the African continent 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 trends in intergenerational educational inequality in sub-Saharan Africa, analyzing mechanisms behind inequality in educational opportunities, and studying the effect of social investment policies in reducing these inequalities. I am currently a visiting scholar at the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, University of Cambridge, where I work with the Young Lives and RISE longitudinal data to investigate mechanisms behind inequality in educational opportunities in Ethiopia.

Before joining the EUI, I worked as a social and economic policy consultant at the Unicef Office of Research (2011-2014) and at the Economic Policy Research Institute (2015-2016) where I worked on the measurement of child poverty and social protection.

I hold a Master of Science in Public Governance and Human Development, with a specialisation in Social Protection Design, obtained at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University

Please visit my personal website for more information about my research at www.ilzeplavgo.com.