Despina Karamperidou is an education specialist at the UNICEF Office of Research (Innocenti) where she coordinates the Time to Teach project. Despina’s research focuses on the performance of government institutions, the delivery of social services and the employment of qualitative research methods in humanitarian and developing contexts. Empirically, her work involves extensive field research and employs multiple qualitative data collection and interpretation methods. Despina holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (EUI) and master’s degrees from the EUI (M.Res. Political Science), the University of Bristol (M.Sc. Economics) and the University of Macedonia (M.A. Southeast European Politics). She has also received various research grants and completed research fellowships at Yale University, the George Mason University and the Central European University. From 2013 to 2015, she worked with the Robert Schuman Research Center for Advanced Studies on projects exploring migration and state capacity in the EU and beyond.