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Francesca Bastagli

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

Leadership Team, Equity and Social Policy, ODI MED

Portrait of Francesca Bastagli

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. The impact of cash transfers on women and girls

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Cash transfers: what does the evidence say?

    Research reports

  3. Cash transfers do not encourage people to work less – new report

    Press Release

  4. Bringing taxation into social protection analysis and planning: guidance note

    Toolkit/guidelines

  5. Internal migrants and social protection: a review of eligibility and take-up

    Other

  6. Shock-responsive social protection systems: literature review

    Other

  7. Fiscal redistribution in developing countries: policy issues and options

    Book/book chapter

  8. Delivering social protection systems for all: why taxes matter

  9. Delivering social protection systems for all: why taxes matter

  10. Graduating from social protection?

    Event

  11. Social protection, taxation and inequality

    Event

  12. Bringing taxation into social protection analysis and planning: working paper

    Working papers

  13. The role of index-based triggers in social protection shock response

    Research reports

  14. World Social Protection Report 2014-15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice

    Event

  15. Riforme di politica sociale in Brasile: Oltre Bolsa Familia?

    Other

  16. Responding to a crisis: the design and delivery of social protection

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Delivering social protection in the aftermath of a shock: lessons from Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Viet Nam

    Research reports

  18. Responding to a crisis: the design and delivery of social protection

    Working papers

  19. Responding to a crisis: the design and delivery of social protection

    Event

  20. Mali: Economic factors behind the crisis

    Research reports

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