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Despina Karamperidou

Education Specialist

Despina Karamperidou is a research consultant 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.
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This report explores how the role of families, and family policies from around the world, can contribute to meeting the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given the key role that both families and family policies have in determining social progress, and the national and international focus on meeting the SDGs by 2030, the timing of the publication is opportune. The report summarizes reviews of evidence across six SDGs that cover poverty, health, education, gender equality, youth unemployment, and ending violence to highlight some important issues that policymakers might consider when making future policies work for families, and family policies work for the future. A key contribution of the work, given the broad scope of the SDG ambitions, has been to map how the successes of family-focused policies and programmes in one SDG have also been successful in contributing to positive outcomes in other goal areas.


Dominic Richardson; Esuna Dugarova; Daryl Higgins; Keiko Hirao; Despina Karamperidou; Zitha Mokomane; Mihaela Robila


A Conversation with our Education Team


Time to teach

The Time to Teach Projct is a multi-country research initiative that investigates the determinants of teacher absenteeism in 20 sub-Saharan and Northe ...


Adding to global knowledge on what improves school settings and how children experience education systems.