Department of Education

Ellie Ott

Research Fellow

Dr Ellie Ott is a Research Fellow at the Rees Centre. She leads research on refugee and asylum-seeking young people, on standards for evidence, and on foster care models, including an evaluation of the Mockingbird Family Model.

Previously, Ellie managed the Humanitarian Evidence Programme at Oxfam. She has a doctorate on the economic integration and wellbeing 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.

Funded Research Projects:

  • Evaluation of the Mockingbird Family Model

  • July 2017-2020

    Department for Education

  • Educational Provision for Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children

  • 2017-2018

    John Fell Fund

  • Standards of Evidence for the Family Justice Observatory

  • March 2018-Feb 2019

    Nuffield Foundation

  • Rapid Evidence Review of Interventions for Forced Migrants

  • July 2017-2018

    World Bank

  • Matching in Foster Care

  • Jan 2017-ongoing

    Core Assets

  • Evaluation of the Safer, Stronger Adoptive Families

  • Jan 2017-Dec 2018

    Core Assets

Doctoral Applications

Ellie welcomes doctoral applications from students interested in the following research areas:

  • refugee and migrant young people
  • foster carers or young people in care
  • systematic reviews and evidence syntheses


  • Conference papers

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

    • 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 Literature of the Labour Market Integration of Refugees. (EUI, Florence)

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

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

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

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

    • OTT, EM Keys to child protection: The accommodation and education of refugee children in high-income countries.

  • Journal articles

    • O'Higgins, A, OTT, EM, Shea, M (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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • OTT, EM, O'Higgins, A “Conceptualising educational provision for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in England”, Oxford Review of Education.

    • Songua-Barke, E, Goldman, PS, Bakermans-Kranenburg, MJ, Bradford, B, Christopoulos, A, Lim Ah ken, P, Cuthbert, C, Duchinsky, R, Fox, NA, Grigoras, S, Gunnar, M, Ibrahim, RW, Johnson, DE, OTT, E “The institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation of children II: Policy and practice recommendations for global, national and local actors”, Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

  • Internet publication

  • Posters

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

  • Reports

    • Leslie, D, HOLMES, L, Hitrova, C, OTT, E (2020) Ethics review of machine learning in children's social care. London: What Works for Children's Social Care.

    • 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. Geneva: UNHCR.

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

  • Other

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