Kristen McCollum DPhil in Migration Studies

Supervisor: Carlos Vargas-Silva

College affiliation: Jesus College

Kristen is a DPhil student in Migration Studies and a Grand Union DTP Scholar with an Advanced Quantitative Methods award. Her research interests include experimental and non-experimental program evaluation methodologies in humanitarian contexts, and particularly the role of social networks in redefining or cementing social norms during the refugee resettlement process. She is currently working with the World Food Programme to coordinate a set of experimental impact evaluations on the use of cash-based transfers in the humanitarian-development nexus.

Previously, Kristen has worked with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Oxfam, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Through her experience conducting impact evaluations in several countries around the world, she developed an interest in how data collection and evaluation design can be improved to suit the specific challenges of longitudinal research with migrant individuals and communities. She holds an MSc in Impact Evaluation for International Development from the University of East Anglia, and a BA in Sociology from Southwestern University in Texas.