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Francesca Bastagli

Director of Equity and Social Policy programme, Principal Research Fellow

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Francesca Bastagli is Director of the Equity and Social Policy programme and Principal Research Fellow at ODI. She leads a multi-disciplinary team working on poverty, inequality, education, health and social protection, overseeing the Institute’s analytical work on these topics. She has over 20 years’ experience in research and policy advisory work, specialising in social policy, social protection, labour markets and gender.

At ODI she has led analysis on topics ranging from basic services, economic and social inclusion, to gender inequality and the world of work, to social policy financing. Her recent research is on adapting social protection to the “future of work” and employment and social policies in crisis contexts (including across the humanitarian-development nexus). She has extensive experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of social protection policies and has researched income and wealth inequality and fiscal (tax-transfer) policy. Francesca has authored academic articles as well as reports and briefing papers on these topics. She is lead author of the report Cash transfers: What does the evidence say? and co-author of the book Wealth in the UK: Distribution, accumulation and policy (OUP).

Francesca has acted as advisor to numerous governments and international organisations, and in 2011 was Visiting Scholar at the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. She has led policy analysis and contributed to policy dialogue in a wide range of high-, middle- and low-income countries, including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Lebanon, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Syria, Thailand and the UK.

Prior to joining ODI, Francesca held positions at the London School of Economics (LSE), the World Bank and Bocconi University. She holds a Laurea in Economics from Bocconi University and an MSc and PhD in Social Policy from the LSE.

  1. Gender-responsive social protection post Covid-19

    Journal issue/article

  2. Official development assistance financing for social protection: lessons from the Covid-19 response

    Working papers

  3. Social protection response to Covid-19 and beyond: emerging evidence and learning for future crises

    Working papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

  7. Is it time for universal child benefits?


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

    Press Release

  9. Poverty monitoring in the context of Covid-19


  10. Universal child benefits: policy issues and options

    Research reports

  11. Covid-19 – why gender matters

  12. Financing the coronavirus response in sub-Saharan Africa

    Working papers

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


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


  15. Universal basic income and work

    Book/book chapter

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

    Research reports

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


  18. Financing gender-responsive social protection


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

  20. Universal basic income: has its time come?


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