Deborah Walnicki joined the Young Lives team in 2018 as a Qualitative Research Assistant, and currently works as a Research Consultant. She provides research support related to methodology in longitudinal research, as well as the causes and consequences of childhood poverty. Deborah holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where her dissertation looked at young beneficiaries’ experiences of fulfilling the requirements of Juntos, a conditional cash transfer programme in Peru. Prior to Young Lives she worked as a research assistant at the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives in New York, and as a Fulbright Fellow in Malaysia. Currently, she works as a Program Administrative Specialist at the Open Society Foundations. Her research interests include methodological and operational learning in research, poverty reduction and social protection policies, and children’s well-being and resilience in the context of poverty.