Before starting my PhD, I worked as a Policy and Research Manager at The Childrenís Society leading the organisationís influencing and research work on child poverty, destitution, asylum, immigration and trafficking policy. There I 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 childrenís mental-health and well-being. I also co-chaired the Refugee and Migrant Childrenís 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 UKís asylum and immigration system through policy, legislation and strategic litigation. I did my undergraduate degree at Northwestern University (US) in Communication Studies and completed an MSc in Social Psychology at the LSE in 2005. Iíve worked in both the private and charity sector, in strategic communications, capacity-building, policy and research.
Ms Ilona Pinter's current research interests are:
- Forced migration, belonging, poverty and destitution, childrenís rights and welfare, racial discrimination and inequality, and access to justice.