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Getu Demeke Alene

Social and Economic Policy Researcher

Getu is a UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti consultant based in Ethiopia. Getu researches on social protection policy design and implementation. He has done extensive field work research on the Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and published in peer-reviewed journals. He is finishing his PhD in Sociology of Development and Change at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. Getu has obtained his master’s degree (MPhil) in Development Studies from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway and had worked as a lecturer at Jigijiga University in Ethiopia for more than 7 years. Getu’s research interest include social protection, (local) political economy of social policy, critical social policy analysis, gender and development, food security, and pastoralism. Methodologically, Getu is passionate about (ethnographic) qualitative approach though he is trained in and taught quantitative methods as well. Getu is currently part of a UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti’s research team in the GRASSP Research stream 3 Ethiopia Case study on the integration of gender in PSNP.