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).