Desmond
Fairall
Research Assistant at the Mind & Behaviour Research Group

Desmond is currently working as a research assistant for the Mind and Behavior Research Group, based at the Blavatnik School of Government. Desmond has a Bachelor of Science Honours in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics. After a brief detour into the world of Category Theory he is back to his true calling in Development Economics. His research interests lie in behavioral and labour market interventions to increase human capital.

Alice
Cahill
Research Assistant at the Mind & Behaviour Research Group

About 

Alice is currently working as a Research Assistant for the Mind and Behaviour Research Group (MBRG) at the Blavatnik School of Government. Alice has an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. She previously completed Teach First and worked as an Economics teacher at a sixth form college in London. Alice has also worked as a researcher on Oxford Policy Management's Extreme Poverty Consortium. Her research interests are in the area of Development Economics, with a specific focus on gender, labour markets and human capital. 

Contact 

Email: alice.cahill@qeh.ox.ac.uk

John
Walker
Research Assistant at the Blavatnik School of Government

About 

John is a Research Assistant in Development Economics at the Mind and Behaviour Research Group at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford. Previously, they have held research assistantships at MIT in theoretical econometrics and envirodevonomics, and continue to provide research assistance at the UBI Center. They hold an MASc in development economics from MIT and a BA in economics/econometrics and a BA in Korean studies from the University of Sydney.

Their research interests include the application of computational microeconometrics and machine learning to development economics.

Contact

john.walker@bsg.ox.ac.uk

Brynde
Kreft
Research Assistant at the Mind & Behaviour Research Group

About

Brynde is currently working as a Research Assistant in Development Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE). Prior to this, she worked as a Research Associate at J-PAL (Africa). She completed her Master’s in Applied Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2019. While studying, Brynde worked on research projects for SALDRU, RUBEN and the French Development Agency.

Contact 

Email: brynde.kreft@economics.ox.ac.uk

 

Winnie
Mughogho
Research Officer at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

About

Winnie Mughogho works as a Research Officer at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, Kenya. Her current work involves experimental design, quantitative data analysis and carrying out impact evaluations for projects and policies that apply behavioral insights towards poverty alleviation. She is also working as a research assistant in the Mind and Behaviour Research Group at the Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE). Her current project investigates whether psychological interventions can impact the take-up of preventative health investments, in particular water chlorination, and the related health and economic outcomes. Winnie has previously worked as a programme analyst under the National Registration and Identification System programme at UNDP in Malawi. 

She holds an MSc International Economics (2019) from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) (2017) from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.

Contact

winnie.mughogho@busaracenter.org

Kate
Orkin
Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and Research Lead at the Mind & Behaviour Research Group

About

Kate Orkin is a Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her research interests are at the intersection of behavioural, labour and development economics, with projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Africa. One strand of research examines how information interventions alter beliefs about oneself and expectations about the future, and, in turn, economic and political behaviour. Other work examines the economic, social and political effects of unconditional cash transfer programmes.

Contact

Email: kate.orkin@bsg.ox.ac.uk 

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Julia
Ruiz Pozuelo
DPhil Student at the Department of Psychiatry and Research Officer at the Mind & Behaviour Research Group

About

Julia Ruiz Pozuelo is a DPhil Student at the Department of Psychiatry and Research Officer at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Centre for Studies of African Economies

Julia studied Economics at Carlos III University of Madrid and at UC Berkeley and she holds an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. Prior to Oxford, she worked as a Research Analyst in the Global Economy and Development program at The Brookings Institution.

Contact

Email: julia.ruizpozuelo@bsg.ox.ac.uk

Marta
Grabowska
Research, Policy and Projects Officer at the Mind & Behaviour Research Group

About

Marta is currently working as a Research and Projects Officer for the Mind and Behaviour Research Group (MBRG) at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE). Marta has a BA(Hons) in Economics and History from the University of Durham and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. Her research at the CSAE includes projects in Kenya and South Africa on civic and political behaviour. At the MBRG, she manages administrative and financial activities and oversees the outreach activities of the Group. She previously worked as a research intern for the NGO WaterSHED Asia, Cambodia.

Contact

Email: marta.grabowska@bsg.ox.ac.uk

Stefan
Dercon
Director of the Centre for Study of African Economies

About

Stefan Dercon is Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and a Professorial Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department. Between 2011 and 2017, he was Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the government department in charge with the UK’s aid policy and spending. His research interests concern what keeps some people and countries poor: the failures of markets, governments and politics, mainly in Africa, and how to achieve change. Current research work focuses on the psychological challenges of poverty, the challenges of industrialisation in Africa, the challenges and opportunities of new technologies, and how to organise and finance responses to natural disasters and protracted humanitarian crises.

Contact 

Email: stefan.dercon@bsg.ox.ac.uk

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