Katharina Christina Merkel

Katharina is reading the MSc in Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. She brings 10 years’ experience in the international development sector, focusing particularly on fragile and conflict-affected states. Between 2010 and 2015, Katharina lived in Afghanistan where she consulted with a variety of international aid agencies.

Katharina’s academic interest lies in the evaluation of complex development interventions, particularly in the area of peacebuilding, conflict prevention, stabilisation and preventing/ countering violent extremism. She holds a MA degree from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and previously also studied Persian language and literature at Tehran University in Iran.

In her thesis, Katharina would like to undertake a qualitative meta-synthesis of evaluation studies commissioned by the Department for International Development, focusing particularly on aspects of Do-No-Harm. She would like to use insights from the study to help improve evaluation practices in fragile states.