Education Researcher (Foundational Learning)
Jessica is an education qualitative researcher at the READ Unit, working on the Data Must Speak (DMS) research. She joined UNICEF Innocenti in 2021, initially supporting the Social and Economic Policy Unit on projects centered around child-sensitive social protection. Before joining UNICEF, she worked as a research and evaluation consultant for national and international organisations on projects focusing on children’s rights, gender norms and education, mostly in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Jessica is particularly passionate about involving children in research using participatory methodologies. With a background in Law and Political Sociology, she is currently a PhD candidate on Children and Youth Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland, working with children as co-researchers to understand children's participation, agency, and citizenship practices.