Lucy Scott

Lucy Scott

Lucy Scott focuses on how social protection and livelihoods programmes can best support the poorest households. Her areas of interest include poverty dynamics, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and the cash and graduation agenda. Lucy leads OPM’s Poverty and Social Protection Practice. Her main areas of focus are; (i) research into poverty dynamics, vulnerability and social exclusion; and (ii) social protection systems strengthening, with a programmatic focus on social assistance, including economic inclusion programmes, cash-plus approaches, and shock response.

Lucy’s recent work includes:

  • As an in-house regional adviser with Save the Children Australia - setting strategic direction on social protection in the Pacific, building skills, and designing cash-plus pilots to make the case for national investments in social protection.
  • Directing and designing primary research to investigate gender norms and social networks in Papua New Guinea to inform a new national nutrition-sensitive child grant.
  • Technical leadership advising the World Bank on how the Department of Social Services in Bangladesh can play a larger institutional role in responding to shocks.
  • Research Manager for a large cross-country FCDO-funded project – Data and Evidence to End Extreme Poverty - and more recently leading the launch of a Challenge Fund for new research into poverty in Bangladesh.
  • Project Director for a technical assistance programme - Expanding Social Protection in Uganda - during a period of transition between fund managers. 

Lucy holds a PhD in International Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester and an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Oxford. 

Projects by Lucy Scott

Latest work by Lucy Scott