Alexandra Blackwell

Alexandra Blackwell is a DPhil student in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation under the supervision of Professor Frances Gardner and Dr Jamie Lachman. Her research is funded by the Department’s Barnett Scholarship.

Alexandra’s research focuses on the implementation and evaluation of family-based programmes in conflict and humanitarian settings, exploring the mechanisms through which stressful contexts impact violence and family wellbeing. In her dissertation, Alexandra is investigating how programmes can be implemented and evaluated in conflict settings to improve and scale up effective interventions and ensure their sustainability. She also seeks to 
explore new approaches to research and data collection in conflict contexts to strengthen evidence on effective implementation of interventions to prevent violence and promote child development in the most insecure parts of the world.

Alexandra has over seven years of experience conducting research on violence prevention and family wellbeing. She specialises in evaluative studies in conflict and humanitarian settings and has conducted research in emergencies in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan, among other countries.

Prior to starting her DPhil, Alexandra was a Research Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee, where she oversaw the IRC’s research portfolio on Violence Prevention and Response. Before the IRC, Alexandra was part of the research team at the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University, conducting quantitative and qualitative research examining the prevalence and consequences of violence against women and girls across the 

Alexandra holds a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health with a concentration in program design, monitoring, and evaluation. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs at the George Washington University in 2014 as an Elliott School Dean’s Scholar.


Select publications

Falb, K., Blackwell, A., Hategekimana, J. de D., Roth, D., & O’Connor, M. (2022). Preventing Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: The Role of Family Functioning and Programmatic Reflections. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Ellsberg, M., Ovince, J., Murphy, M., Blackwell, A., Reddy, D., Stennes, J., Hess, T., & Contreras, M. (2020). No safe place: Prevalence and correlates of violence against conflict-affected women and girls in South Sudan. PLoS one, 15(10), e0237965.

Falb, K., Blackwell, A., Stennes, J., Annan, J. (2020). Cash assistance programming and changes over time in ability to meet basic needs, food insecurity and depressive symptoms in Raqqa Governorate, Syria: Evidence from a mixed methods, pre-posttest. PloS One, 15(5), E0232588.

Blackwell, A., Casey, J., Habeeb, R., Annan, J., & Falb, K. (2019). Women's status and qualitative perceptions of a cash assistance programme in Raqqa Governorate, Syria. Gender and Development, 27(2), 253-271.

Murphy, M., Blackwell, A., Contreras, M., Ellsberg, M. (2017). Gender-Based Violence Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation with Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations: A Manual and Toolkit for Researchers and Practitioners. Washington DC: George Washington University. Available at: