Before starting her PhD, Ilona worked as a Policy and Research Manager at The Children’s Society leading the organisation’s influencing and research work on child poverty, destitution, asylum, immigration and trafficking policy. There she managed research and influencing projects on destitution within the immigration and asylum system, legal aid for separated children and the impact of family debt on children’s mental-health and well-being. She also co-chaired the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium, a coalition of over 50 organisations across the UK working collaboratively to promote the rights and welfare of children and young people within the UK’s asylum and immigration system through policy, legislation and strategic litigation. She did her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University (US) in Communication Studies and completed an MSc in Social Psychology at the LSE in 2005. She has worked in both the private and charity sector, in strategic communications, capacity-building, policy and research.
Ilona Pinter's current research interests are:
- Forced migration, belonging, poverty and destitution, children’s rights and welfare, racial discrimination and inequality, and access to justice.
Social Cost Benefit Analysis of the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) policy in London
23 March 2022
Ellie Benton, Jacob Karlsson, Ilona Pinter, Bert Provan, Kath Scanlon and Christine Whitehead
This report estimates the monetised social and economic gains (benefits) of removing of the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition for certain household in England. It compares this to the costs of allowing them to... Read more...
Children and Families Seeking Asylum in the UK
28 October 2021
This CASEBrief provides a summary of new administrative data on children and families seeking asylum in the UK and those receiving support from the Home Office under the Asylum Support system. Much of the recent debate o... Read more...