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Emilie Buttarelli

Education Researcher (Foundational Learning)

Emilie Buttarelli is a social and behavior change consultant at the Data Must Speak (DMS) Positive Deviance Research project. Prior to joining the UNICEF Office of Research (Innocenti), she worked as a SBC consultant with the SBC team at the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office in Senegal to provide technical assistance to Country Offices on social sciences during the COVID-19 outbreak and the launch of the new vaccine. Before that she supported innovative nutrition research for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition in the same office. Emilie joined UNICEF in 2019 to work in Eastern DRC as a social scientist with the Social Sciences Analytics Cell (CASS) during the Ebola Outbreak. She is particularly passionate about using social sciences (including behavioral science) to highlight insights/evidence coming from the community or actors so as to better adjust programmes and responses in West and Central Africa. With a background in Bio-cultural Anthropology, she holds a PhD in Health Sciences from the Aix-Marseille University and a Master’s degree in History from Sorbonne University.