Janina Steinert is a DPhil candidate in Social Intervention and a recipient of the ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods Scholarship. Janina holds an MSc in Evidence-based Social Intervention and was awarded the Teresa Smith Prize by the Department for the best thesis in the year 2013/14. Janina further holds a BA in Political Sciences and International Relations from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and has visited the Université Paris-Sorbonne for an Erasmus-sponsored exchange semester. Janina has worked in South Africa as a Project Manager for the Sinovuyo Teen Study - a Randomised Controlled Trial that is run in collaboration with UNICEF, World Health Organisation, and Oxford and Cape Town University. The trial evaluates the effectiveness of a parenting and economic strengthening programme for reducing child abuse and improving family wellbeing. Janina's research examines the impacts of the programme on family financial distress and household poverty. Janina has further worked as a short-term consultant for the WHO, the SEEP Network, and the Oxford Microfinance Initiative and has had placements in the United Nations Liaison Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in New York City and at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt.
Janina’s doctoral thesis focuses on the economic component of the Sinovuyo Teen programme, aiming to find out more about family’s economic hardship and whether and how the programme can promote saving, financial literacy and budgeting skills, as well as resilience to economic shocks. The research study is a mixed methods design and Janina will analyse quantitative data from interviews with 600 families in 40 villages and qualitative data from focus group discussions. Janina is supervised by Professor Lucie Cluver.