Deborah Walnicki joined the Young Lives team in June 2018 as a Qualitative Research Assistant. She currently provides support on research related to adolescence, and the causes and consequences of childhood poverty.
Deborah holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where her dissertation looked at young beneficiaries’ experiences of fulfilling the requirements of Juntos, a conditional cash transfer programme in Peru. Prior to Young Lives, she worked as a research assistant at the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives in New York, and at the Global Education Project Fundación Crecer in Ecuador. She was also a Fulbright Fellow in Malaysia.
Her research interests include adolescence, child labour, poverty reduction and social protection policies, and children’s well-being and resilience in the context of poverty.