Julia Karpati is a specialist in social policy analysis with a concentration in child-sensitive social protection policy design, financing and implementation. Her research, academic and working experiences span several continents.

She obtained her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, USA in 2013. Previously, she has assisted with research on international ethnic conflict at ETH Zürich and on social protection policy in the Caribbean region at UNU-MERIT, and assisted The Aspen Institute in New York, USA to influence domestic and international policy dialogue on humanitarian solutions to the continuing impact of wartime herbicide use in Vietnam.

She completed her double MSc. in Public Policy and Human Development at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / United Nations University-MERIT (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands, specializing in Social Protection Policy Design and Financing.

As part of her PhD research at Tilburg University she has participated in SPRI projects focusing on quantitative childhood and household poverty and deprivation analyses using national datasets. These include multidimensional poverty analyses using Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) projects in partnership with UNICEF country offices in Botswana, Tajikistan, Lao PDR, State of Palestine, Mongolia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Kenya, Cabo Verde, and Libya. Her research includes child poverty measurement in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG1.1 an SDG1.2. She has also been involved in the design and implementation of curricula for courses on the design, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation of social and public policy, social protection design and financing, and poverty and vulnerability studies in collaboration with UNICEF and universities in South-East Asia.

She has extensive experience in exercising quantitative research methodologies, field research, and navigating multi-sectoral, multi-level, stakeholder mediation within the respective policy spaces of various countries. She has led technical capacity building workshops and has participated in national discussions on child-focused policy.

Her research interests include children’s poverty and deprivations; the impact of political conflict and consequent migration patterns on children’s well-being; child-sensitive social policy design, financing, and implementation; maternal and child nutrition and healthcare.

Julia is fluent in German, English, and Vietnamese, with professional proficiency in French and basic knowledge of Spanish.