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.