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


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

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Understanding refugee and migrant journeys to Europe


  5. Poverty, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Citizenship, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Journeys and borders

  8. ODI at the Global Forum on Migration and Development


  9. Social protection, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Tracking livelihoods, service delivery and governance: panel survey findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

    Research reports

  11. Refugees: are jobs the answer?


  12. MEDIA RELEASE: Cash aid improves the lives of women and girls – new briefing

    Press Release

  13. The impact of cash transfers on women and girls

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Journeys on hold: how policy influences the migration decisions of Eritreans in Ethiopia

    Working papers

  15. Lack of access to work for refugees undermining efforts to prevent secondary migration – new report

    Press Release

  16. An Eritrean in Ethiopia: Teddy Love’s story

  17. Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia

  18. Cash transfers for refugees: the economic and social effects of a programme in Jordan

    Research reports

  19. Cash transfers for refugees: an opportunity to bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and social protection

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. A mapping of social protection and humanitarian assistance programmes in Jordan

    Working papers

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