Sophia joined the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti in 2021, focusing on applied research with the Let Us Learn Programme. She is a development economist interested in education, migration, and women’s economic empowerment. Most recently, as a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair for Development Economics at the University of Goettingen, she studied the effect of Universal Primary Education on educational outcomes in Uganda. Sophia has worked as a research consultant for the International Development Research Centre, Center for Global Development, and the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity; and has field experience in India, Sri Lanka, and Zambia. She holds a PhD in Economics with a focus on development economics from the University of Göttingen and a Master’s in Education - International Education Policy program from Harvard University.