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Francesca Bastagli

Director of Programme, Equity and Social Policy - Principal Research Fellow

Leadership Team, Equity and Social Policy

Portrait of Francesca Bastagli

Francesca Bastagli's main interests lie in the field of social policy, with a focus on the design and implementation of social protection policies, and their poverty, inequality and employment outcomes. Her most recent research examines income and wealth distribution, targeting and conditionality in public cash transfers and the employment trajectories and wages of women with children. She is the author of articles on these topics and co-author of the book Wealth in the UK: Distribution, accumulation and policy (Oxford University Press, 2013).

She has particular expertise on Latin America (especially Brazil) and has also worked in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. She has acted as advisor to the IADB, UNESCAP and in 2011 was Visiting Scholar at the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department.

Prior to joining ODI, Francesca held positions at the London School of Economics (LSE), at the World Bank and at Bocconi University. She holds a Laurea in Economics from Bocconi University and an MSc and PhD in Social Policy from the LSE. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics.

  1. World Food Programme cash assistance in Lebanon: social cohesion between Syrian refugees and host communities

    Research reports

  2. World Food Programme cash assistance in Lebanon: protection outcomes for Syrian refugees

    Research reports

  3. Social protection and the future of work: a gender analysis

    Working papers

  4. Is it time for universal child benefits?


  5. Universal child benefits, critical in reducing poverty, only offered in 1 in 10 countries worldwide, new ODI and UNICEF report finds

    Press Release

  6. Poverty monitoring in the context of Covid-19


  7. Universal child benefits: policy issues and options

    Research reports

  8. Covid-19 – why gender matters

  9. Financing the coronavirus response in sub-Saharan Africa

    Working papers

  10. Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities


  11. Universal basic income and universal basic services: what have we learned and what’s next?


  12. Universal basic income and work

    Book/book chapter

  13. Social protection in Lebanon: a review of social assistance

    Research reports

  14. Women’s empowerment, gender equality and social protection: where next?


  15. Financing gender-responsive social protection


  16. Decent work for all: six priorities for this week’s UN summit

  17. Universal basic income: has its time come?


  18. MEDIA RELEASE: Cash aid improves the lives of women and girls – new briefing

    Press Release

  19. The impact of cash transfers on women and girls

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Cash transfers: what does the evidence say?

    Research reports

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