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Amber Peterman

Social Policy Specialist

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Amber Peterman, Ph.D. joined UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in 2015 and focuses on adolescent wellbeing and safe transitions to adulthood. Amber brings significant experience in large-scale surveys and impact evaluation in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. With a background as a quantitative public health researcher, Amber is interested providing policy-relevant evidence related to the intersection between gender, health and human rights. Amber previously worked as an Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill and as a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC., Kampala and Dakar. Amber obtained her PhD in Public Policy with focus on international maternal and child health from UNC Chapel Hill.
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Social protection in contexts of fragility and forced displacement - International Conference

This conference brings together 25 priority countries, the international community and researchers to learn from existing evidence, share experience and consider new ways to utilise social protection systems in crises.
Location: Brussels
Date: 28 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017



Ana Maria Buller; Amber Peterman; Meghna Ranganathan; Alexandra Bleile; Melissa Hidrobo; Lori Heise
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread globally, with an estimated one-third of women aged 15 years and over experiencing physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetimes. Economic empowerment, or the financial standing of women, is often thought to protect against IPV, signalling sufficient economic autonomy to leave abusive situations or to prevent abuse. Asset ownership is one measure of economic empowerment, and can convey substantial agency as a wealth store, especially for large productive assets, such as agricultural land or home ownership. Despite the important implications of IPV reduction for policy and programming, evidence of this relationship is scarce.We hope this research will advance our global understanding of this potential.


Audrey Pereira; Amber Peterman; Kathryn Yount



Who perpetrates violence against children? Five findings from a global review (15 Feb 2018)

Today, global leaders gather in Stockholm, Sweden for the first ever Agenda 2030 Solutions Summit to end violence against children ...

Measuring taboo topics: List randomization for research on gender-based violence (10 Jan 2018)

Gender-based violence is notoriously under-reported—for understandable reasons. Experience of violence is highly stigmatized and victi ...


Adolescent wellbeing

A four year programme on social and structural determinants of adolescent wellbeing in low and middle income countries.

Social protection - cash transfers

A multi-country research initiative to provide rigorous evidence on the impact of large-scale national cash transfer programmes.