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Jessica Hagen-Zanker

Senior Research Fellow

  • Equity and Social Policy
Portrait of Jessica Hagen-Zanker

Jessica Hagen-Zanker is a Senior Research Fellow leading ODI’s migration research.

Jessica coordinates ODI's migration research and leads ODI’s contributions to two five-year projects on migration and development, MIGNEX (EC funded) and the GCRF UKRI and Irish Aid funded MIDEQ South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub. Her research focuses on migration and development, migration decision-making, the links between migration and social protection, the humanitarian-development nexus as well as the analysis of social protection programmes and policies. Jessica has designed and delivered numerous household surveys and has extensive mixed methods data collection experience in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, as well as expertise in systematic literature reviews. Jessica has advised numerous governments and international organisations and has led policy analysis and contributed to policy dialogue in high-, middle- and low-income countries, including the UK, India, Jordan and Nepal. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from Maastricht University.

Jessica is a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

  1. Key findings: social protection responses to forced displacement


  2. Basic needs and wellbeing in displacement settings: the role of humanitarian assistance and social protection

    Working papers

  3. Humanitarian assistance and social protection in contexts of forced displacement: effects on social cohesion

    Research reports

  4. Linking social protection and humanitarian assistance. A toolkit to support social cohesion in displacement settings


  5. Social protection provisions to refugees during the Covid-19 pandemic: lessons learned from government and humanitarian responses

    Working papers

  6. What do we know about the subjective and intangible factors that shape migration decision-making?

    Working papers

  7. Sampling respondents in migration surveys: challenges and trade-offs


  8. Migration survey sampling: a pragmatic ‘how-to’ guide

  9. The fiscal impact of immigration: a review of the evidence

    Working papers

  10. Understanding migrant decision-making: implications for policy

    Working papers

  11. How to ensure Ethiopia’s ‘jobs compact’ works for refugees

  12. Migration Policy Practice 8(3): September – October 2018


  13. SDG progress: fragility, crisis and leaving no one behind

    Research reports

  14. Migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


  15. Livelihoods programming and its influence on secondary migration


  16. What are the effects of cash transfers for refugees in the context of protracted displacement? Findings from Jordan


  17. Forced migration trajectories: an analysis of journey- and decision-making among Eritrean and Syrian arrivals to Europe


  18. Four steps to ensure the mobility of social security for migrants

  19. The Jordan Compact: lessons learnt and implications for future refugee compacts

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Understanding refugee and migrant journeys to Europe


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