Research Scientist, ECDEC
Dr. Fatima Zahra will be assuming the role of Research Scientist, ECDEC. She is also a Fellow at the South Asia Institute at Harvard University. Her research is focused on exploring the causes and effects of inequalities in human development (education, health, mental health, and employment) among refugee children, girls, women, and other minoritized groups. Currently, she is working on developing a human 2.0 framework for evaluating failures in the learning processes that promote growth and resilience to better cope with the changing socio-economic, technological, and environmental challenges of today’s world. Her current research projects concern (a) developing context-sensitive learning and pedagogical frameworks to improve education and psychological wellbeing among refugee children and adolescents utilizing affordable technologies in Bangladesh and (b) supporting early childhood development among Rohingya and Syrian refugees in Bangladesh and the Middle East. Dr. Zahra specializes in critical quantitative (including learning assessments in multilingual settings) and mixed methodologies, as well as randomized evaluations in low-resource and high-conflict settings.