Francesca's main area of work is social policy, with a focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of social protection policies and their poverty, inequality and employment outcomes.
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.