Dr Ellie (Eleanor) Ott

Ellie is a Research Fellow at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education.

She is leading future Rees research on asylum-seeking young people in foster care and contributing in particular to the centre’s research on foster carers and the matching between children and carers.

Previously, Ellie managed the Humanitarian Evidence Programme at Oxfam. She has a doctorate on the well-being of resettled refugees from the Centre for Evidence Based Intervention at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr Ott also holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the Oxford Department of International Development, a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in French and History from the University of Pittsburgh. Ellie has been a consultant to the UN Refugee Agency and previously worked as a research analyst and Truman-Albright Fellow in the US Department of Health and Human Services improving research on children and families. She is also a foster carer.

Ellie would welcome informal contacts from prospective masters students interested in the following topics:

  • refugee and immigrant young people
  • young people in care
  • systematic reviews

Conference papers

  • Ott, EM (2016) The Literature of the Labour Market Integration of Refugees. (EUI, Florence)

  • Ott, EM (2016) Improving resettled refugees’ economic self-sufficiency and wellbeing: a global overview and view from Bhutanese refugees in the US. (Poznan, Poland)

  • Ott, EM (2016) The labour market integration of migrants and refugees in the EU. (EUI, Florence, Italy)

  • Ott, EM (2015) Building a systematic review movement in the humanitarian field. (Vienna)

  • Ott, EM (2015) Reviews in the humanitarian field: Adaptation and transparency. (Vienna)

  • Ott, EM (2015) Evidence: Moving the humanitarian field forward. (Oxford)

  • Ott, EM (2015) Evidence syntheses: the answer to our quest?. (Manchester)

  • Ott, EM, Walden, VM (2015) Tools to aid learning from humanitarian responses: do they aid or impede?. (Manchester)

  • Ott, EM (2014) Uncovering resettled refugees’ voices. (Oxford)

Journal articles

  • O'Higgins, A, Ott, EM, Shea, MW (2018) “What is the Impact of Placement Type on Educational and Health Outcomes of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors? A Systematic Review of the Evidence.”, Clinical child and family psychology review.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10567-018-0256-7

  • Ott, EM (2015) “Interventions to improve the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of resettled refugees: A systematic review”, The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews.

  • Ott, EM (2013) “Conceptualising employment services for resettled Bhutanese refugees: A case study in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania”, European Bulletin of Himalayan ResearchM Hutt (ed.) . Special Issue on the Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Experience. (43) 52-70.

  • Bronstein, I, Montgomery, P, Ott, E (2013) “Emotional and behavioural problems amongst Afghan unaccompanied asylum-seeking children: results from a large-scale cross-sectional study.”, European child & adolescent psychiatry. 22(5) 285-294.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-012-0344-z

Internet publication


  • OTT, EM (2014) Improving resettled refugees’ self-sufficiency and wellbeing: Evidence from a systematic review and a cross-sectional survey.


  • Krystalli, R, OTT, EM (2015) Evidence synthesis in the humanitarian sector: A guidance note. Boston: Feinstein International Centre.

  • OTT, EM (2013) The labour market integration of resettled refugees. Geneva: UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency.

  • OTT, EM (2011) Get up and go: Refugee resettlement and secondary migration in the USA.

  • OTT, EM, Krystalli, RC, Stites, E, Timmins, N, Walden, V, Gillingham, E, Bushby, K Humanitarian Evidence Synthesis and Communications Programme Inception Report. Oxfam.



  • Department staff


  • Research Fellow (Rees Centre)

Research groups

  • Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education

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Publications, books and other work