Erëblina Elezaj is specialized in poverty measurement analysis and social policy design and financing. She joined SPRI as a research fellow in June 2016. Her professional experience includes working as a social policy research analyst at UNICEF’s Office of Research, research analyst and team coordinator of the Policy, Research, Gender and Communication Unit at the UNDP Kosovo country office, and research consultant for various international development agencies and civil society organizations in Kosovo.
Erëblina has extensive quantitative and qualitative research skills, ranging from design of research tools and instruments to fieldwork experience and complex microsimulations using household surveys. The main areas of her focus of research include poverty measurement, social and labour market policies pertaining to early childhood development and gender inequalities, and migration and remittances. In addition to research, Erëblina’s experience extends to capacity-building of statistical agencies and related ministries for evidence-based policy-making. With SPRI she has been involved in the Child Poverty Study in Kenya and an exercise on monitoring SDG 1.1. and SDG 1.2. in Thailand using the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology.
Erëblina holds an MSc in Public Policy and Human Development with a specialization on Social Policy Financing from University of Maastricht and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Tilburg focused on the impact of remittances on poverty, inequality, human capital development and women’s participation in the labour market. She is fluent in Albanian, English and Serbian, and takes a special interest in open data for accountable and transparent governance.