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Elisa Sandri

Elisa joined Itad as a consultant in 2019. She has worked in monitoring, evaluation and research in international development and in the humanitarian sector on private sector development, refugee education, humanitarian protection, climate change and resilience.

She has experience in mixed methods for evaluation and research, but she particularly specialises in qualitative and participatory approaches. Before joining Itad on a permanent basis, she worked as an external consultant on a variety of Itad evaluations, including BRACED, WAFM and the strategic evaluation of the WFP’s support for enhanced resilience.

Elisa previously worked as a researcher for the University of Sussex, Sport England, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Mekong Migration Network. She has published peer-reviewed articles, conference papers and a book chapter based on her research on informal humanitarian aid for refugees in Northern France. She is also a trustee of the Hummingbird Refugee Project.

Elisa has an MA with distinction in Anthropology of Development from the University of Sussex and a BA in Social Anthropology from SOAS.

Nationality: Italian
Languages: English (fluent), Italian (fluent), French (good), Spanish (good), Portuguese (elementary)
Country Experience:

Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, France, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, UK, Vietnam


2015 - 2016
MA Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation
University of Sussex
2009 - 2012
BA Social Anthropology
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London


2019 - present
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2018

2017 - present
Editor (volunteer)
Culture and Capitalism Blog, University of Sussex

Research and Advocacy Assistant
Mekong Migration Network

2015 - present
Volunteer and trustee
The Hummingbird Project

Event Organisation and Community Engagement Intern
Oxfam South West

Project Volunteer
Terre Solidali, Kenya

Project Experience:

2018 - ongoing
(DFID) - Braced X
Activities include: Case study field visits and collection of high-quality data for final report, writing of case study report with collected data, light-touch synthesis for relevant outcome indicators for the DFID Annual Review, quarterly policy reporting with implementing partners, triangulation of case study evidence with ODI’s inputs.

2018 - 2019
Impact Evaluation of the Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme
(DFID) - Research Assistant
Activities included: Coding fieldwork notes and interviews using a coding framework, analysis of the coded data and production of a series of short synthesis documents highlighting key patterns in the data.

Moving through school to Higher Education
(University of Sussex ) - Researcher
Activities included: Research design, data collection (in-depth interviews) and data analysis, writing of final report, online resource and policy brief, coordination of Advisory Group with local stakeholders and project partners, recruitment, training and coordination of research assistants.

2017 - 2018
Refugee Integration Project
(BTTC & Sport England ) - Research Officer
Activities included: Quantitative and qualitative research design, using participatory methods, data collection (longitudinal surveys, fieldwork, interviews) and data analysis, writing of mid-term and final reports, recruitment, training and management of volunteer researchers, presentation of research results to a variety of audiences.

2017 - 2018
Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED)
(DFID) - Research Assistant
Activities included: Screening, review and synthesis of reports from project partners, triangulation of research inputs with ODI, report writing and contribution to DFID Annual Review.

2017 - 2018
Evaluation Management Unit for West Africa Food Markets Pilot Programme
(DFID) - Research Assistant
Activities included: Coding fieldwork notes for case studies, writing and editing case study reports for six case studies.

2017 - 2018
Strategic Evaluation of the World Food Programme’s Support for Enhanced Resilience
(World Food Programme ) - Research Assistant
Activities included: Desk reviews and reporting on findings to the evaluation team, support to the evaluation team by organising and managing a document library, interview analysis and collation of interview summaries for further analysis.

Communication for Development: An Evaluation of UNICEF’s Capacity and Action
(UNICEF) - Data Analyst
Activities included: Data analysis and desk reviews related to activities of C4D projects, data cleaning and processing, production of graphs for the final report

Education in Emergency
(Norwegian Refugee Council) - Research Assistant
Activities included: Desk research on ethnographic literature, contribution to M&E.


  • Makeshift Humanitarians (2018)
    Humanitarian Action and Ethics. Smith, J. & Ahmad, J. (eds.). Zed Books
    Sandri, E. and Bugoni, F.

  • 'Friends that last a lifetime’: The Importance of Emotions Amongst Volunteers Working with Refugees in Calais (2018)
    British Journal of Sociology [published online]
    Doidge, M. and Sandri, E.

  • Improving Education for Refugee Background Students (2018)
    University of Sussex, SLN:COP Innovation Fund
    Morrice, L. and Sandri, E.

  • 'Volunteer Humanitarianism’: Volunteers and Humanitarian Aid in the Jungle Refugee Camp of Calais. (2017)
    Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 44(1): 65-80
    Sandri, E.