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Alina Potts

Research and Evaluation Specialist

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Alina Potts joined Innocenti in March 2015 to coordinate the Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children. She also provides technical advice on applied research examining the intersection between intimate partner violence and violence affecting children in emergencies, led by UNICEF and the CPC Learning Network. She holds an MPH from Columbia University in Forced Migration and Health, and has led gender-based violence programming in a number of humanitarian responses over the past 10 years. Alina also has experience in field-based research on grave violations against children in conflict, and has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in the US, UK and Ireland.
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This working paper identifies and explores the issues that should be considered when undertaking ethical research involving children in humanitarian settings. Both the universal (i.e. relevant to all research involving children) and specific ethical issues that may arise when involving children in research in humanitarian settings are examined.


Gabrielle Berman; Jason Hart; Dónal O'Mathúna; Erica Mattellone; Alina Potts; Clare O'Kane; Jeremy Shusterman; Thomas Tanner


When over 500 minds converge to prevent gender-based violence (09 Oct 2017)

Late last month, over 500 researchers, policymakers, donors and activists descended on the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the ...

‘Nobody will answer you if you talk’: The case for research on trafficking in emergencies (17 Aug 2017)

In the spring of 2013, I traveled to northern Syria as part of an international organization’s emergency response team. Over the cours ...


Humanitarian research

Building knowledge and evidence on how best to meet children’s needs in emergencies is a pressing challenge. Year-on-year more children are caught u ...

Adolescent wellbeing

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