Dr Giulia Ferrari

Dr Giulia Ferrari

Research Fellow

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

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Key Expertise
violence; gender; health & development economics; measurement; wellbeing

About me

Dr Giulia Ferrari is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She is a co-Investigator on the methodological innovations research programme of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. On the GCRF Hub, Giulia is developing an index to monitor the status of women in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Giulia is a health economist with research expertise in violence, international development, measurement and health, including in fragile and conflict settings. Some of her publications are below. A full list can be found here and here.

Giulia has 18 years’ research experience in measurement and violence against women as a health economics and international development specialist. She has worked on sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Western Europe.

Her work has focused on three main areas: 1. Measuring wellbeing, including through developing new proxy indices for South African women at risk of IPV. 2. Measuring the impact and value for money of interventions designed to prevent IPV in both HICs and LMICs, including in fragile settings (Burundi). 3. As co-Investigator on the Economic Evaluation Working Group of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women And Girls Programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), funded by UKAid. In this role, she developed a methodology for the economic evaluation of violence prevention programmes in LMICs, adapting state of the art methods in economic evaluation to the field of violence prevention and developing a toolkit for practitioners. Her work in progress includes the multi-country costing and cost-effectiveness analyses of six of the What Works prevention interventions

Giulia’s research has been published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the WHO bulletin, BMJ Open, PlosOne, Global Health Action, as well as in the NBER and the CEP working and discussion paper series. She serves as a reviewer for academic journals, including The Lancet Public Health and Social Science and Medicine, and has refereed for the British Academy and the National Science Foundation (NSF, USA). Giulia is a seasoned social media user, has published blogs and has media experience, including TV.

Before joining the LSE in 2020, Giulia was a Research Fellow with the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) and a member of the Centre for Health Economics in London (CHiL) at LSHTM between 2015 and 2019, a Research Associate at the University of Bristol (2012-2014), a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College, London (2012) and an LSE Fellow (2011/2012). She has a PhD in International Development and an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Social Disciplines (Des) from Bocconi University (Italy). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is affiliated with the Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol. She has worked as a consultant in the international and sustainable development fields for various organisations, including the American Institutes for Research, the World Bank and the European Commission.

Selected peer reviewed papers

Informing the measurement of wellbeing among young people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa for policy evaluations: a mixed-methods systematic review. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 18, 1-34 (2000) (with D Govindasamy, J Seeley, ID Olaru, A Wiyeh, C Mathews) 

What will it cost to prevent violence against women and girls in low- and middle-income countries? Evidence from Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia. Health Policy and Planning (2000) (with Torres-Rueda S, Orangi S, et al) 

A qualitative enquiry into the meaning and experiences of wellbeing among young people living with and without HIV in KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa, Social Science & Medicine, 113103 (2000) (with D Govindasamy, K Maruping, P Bodzo, C Mathews, J Seeley)

Economic Evaluation of Public Health Interventions: An Application to Interventions for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls Implemented by the “What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls?” Global Program Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2019) first published online  Nov 8 (with Torres-Rueda, S., Michaels-Igbokwe, C., Watts, C., Jewkes, R., Vassall, A.)

Psychological advocacy towards healing (PATH): A randomized controlled trial of a psychological intervention in a domestic violence service setting, PlosOne (2018) Vol 13 (11) (with Feder, G., Agnew-Davies, R., Bailey, J. E., Hollinghurst, S., Howard, L., Howarth, E., Sardinha, L., Sharp, D., Peters, T. J.)

Economic evaluation of a combined microfinance and gender training intervention for the prevention of intimate partner violence in rural South Africa Health Policy and Planning (2011) Vol 26 (5)  (with Jan, S., Watts, C. H., Hargreaves, J. R., Kim, J. C., Phetla, G., Morison, L. A., Porter, J. D., Barnett, T., Pronyk, P. M.)

Assessing the incremental effects of combining economic and health interventions: the IMAGE study in South Africa, WHO Bulletin (2009) Vol 87 (11) (with Kim, J., Abramsky, T., Watts, C., Hargreaves, J., Morison, L., Phetla, G., Porter, J., Pronyk, P.)

Book chapters

Comparing Economic and Social Interventions to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Central and Southern Africa, Chapter 6 in African Successes, Volume II – Human Capital, The University of Chicago Press (2016), Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil (Eds.) (with Radha Iyengar)

Blogs and commentaries

Still a leap of faith: microfinance initiatives for reduction of violence against women and children in low-income and middle-income countries, BMJ Global Health (2018), Vol 3 (6) (with Peterman, A., Palermo, T. M.)

South Africa at 20: Redressing gender imbalances could bring democracy into South African homes, , post on Africa at LSE blog, April 2014

Book reviews

Book Review: The Gender Politics of the Namibian Liberation Struggle by Martha Akawa, post on Africa at LSE blog, March 2015