Despina Karamperidou is a consultant at UNICEF, Office of Research where she is primarily contributing to the Time to Teach Project – a multi-country research on the determinants of teacher absenteeism in sub-Saharan Africa. Despina is also currently completing her Ph.D. in political science at the European University Institute. Her work focuses on the performance of government institutions, the delivery of social services, and the employment of qualitative research methods in post-conflict settings. From 2013 to 2015, Despina worked with the Robert Schuman Research Center for Advanced Studies on migration and the quality of governance in the EU and beyond. Prior to this, Despina worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Finance. Her experience includes extensive field research in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Greece. Despina holds master’s degrees from the University of Bristol (M.Sc. Economics), the University of Macedonia (M.A. Southeast European Politics), and the European University Institute (M.Res. Political Science). She has received multiple research grants and has completed research fellowships at Yale University, the George Mason University, the Central European University, and the University of Sarajevo.