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Christy Lowe

Research Officer

Equity and Social Policy

Portrait of Christy Lowe

Christy is a Research Officer in the Equity and Social Policy team. She has previously worked on a range of social policy topics with the World Bank, the World Food Programme, UNHCR, and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People. She holds a master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from the University of Cambridge.

Christy joined ODI in January 2019 from the World Bank’s Social Protection & Jobs group in DC, where she worked on universal basic income and cash transfer delivery systems (globally, and with a specific South Asia focus). Her prior experience includes work with WFP on nutrition-sensitive and shock-responsive social protection, UNHCR Ghana on livelihoods and protection issues, and the UK’s Royal National Institute for Deaf People on health and social care for people with disabilities. 

For her master's degree in Public Policy, Christy studied political, social and economic development in low- and middle-income countries, including an applied thesis on community-based school management in Sierra Leone. Her bachelor’s degree focused on social policy in Latin America, including extended research on the impact of conditional cash transfers on multidimensional poverty and inequality, and on the experience of internally displaced people in Colombia.

  1. ‘Every action counts’: why the humanitarian sector needs to fast-track inclusion

  2. What drives reform? A political economy analysis of migration policy in Morocco

    Research reports

  3. Linking social protection and water security to empower women and girls

    Working papers

  4. The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework: progress in four East African countries

    Working papers