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Laura Bolton

Research Officer

Laura is a Research Officer in the Health and Nutrition Cluster at IDS. Her current role is to support decision making for UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) advisers. This involves gathering and analysing evidence to produce reviews on nutrition, health and education.

Laura brings expertise from Economics and Statistics qualifications to the work she does. She has contributed quantitative analysis to research for IDS fellows: constructing a vulnerability index for countries post-financial crisis, and producing aid concentration curves to analyse aid allocation.

Working days are Monday, Tuesday and Friday.



K4D Prosperity Fund COVID-19 Evidence and Learning Initiative

This Evidence and Learning Initiative is a cooperation with the Prosperity Fund (PF). It helps to ensure that in the current context of COVID-19, changes to the existing PF portfolio (and investments in new ones) are informed by and contribute to the evidence base on how the pandemic is directly...



Violence in Schools

K4D Helpdesk Report

This rapid literature review sets out to identify evidence on approaches to measuring the prevalence of violence in schools across low and middle income countries and the data available based on these measurement approaches.

3 May 2017


Effectiveness of Tax Reform Interventions

K4D Helpdesk Report 053

The academic and practitioner literature on tax reform, and comments from several experts contacted in connection with this report, emphasise that improving the performance of tax systems is highly complex and context-specific, without simple or direct answers.

13 March 2017


Sport and Development

K4D Helpdesk Report 038

Some individual studies noted factors for success and what did not work well. However, there was not enough evidence to get a synthesis on barriers and enablers to sport for development in general. Often programmes in the literature were described but rarely evaluated. Where they were...

6 February 2017

Laura Bolton’s recent work