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


    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 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) 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 (2015) Reviews in the humanitarian field: Adaptation and transparency. (Vienna)

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

    • 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. 21(3) 354-365.

    • 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.

  • Internet publication

  • Posters

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

  • Reports

    • 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.

  • Other

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