Sophie Diarra 



I was fortunate to join EDI as a Research Officer in February 2019 after a few years spent in academia working on my PhD. My PhD was focused on using econometric techniques to investigate the association between income and asthma-related outcomes in children using survey data from the UK. It also focused on quantifying and investigating income-related health inequality in UK children, where the current prevalence of child poverty is 30%[1]. As much as I enjoyed my PhD research and the academic environment, I longed to work in a high pace environment, within a team. Furthermore, I longed to be involved in field research.

I sort of knew the type of work I wanted to do and the type of company I wanted to work for before I had even began my Bachelor’s degree, and when I discovered EDI and read about the work they did – I felt I had met my match.

People often under play the complexity and importance of data, across the board. Data in the development context is vital. And, ensuring high quality data is collected, in an ethical and efficient way, involves a lot more than people often think. It is this data that are the driving force behind many policy decisions and provide global markers of sustainable development for many governments and institutions worldwide.

EDI combines research and advanced survey methodology to obtain high quality data across areas such as health, education and agriculture. With an established office located in Bukoba, Tanzania, EDI is right in the heart of many of its projects. EDI has also expanded its work in to Uganda, whose border is just a stone’s throw away from Bukoba. And, EDI is now exploring other neighbouring countries. The team is diverse but everyone has the same goal – high quality research!

I am extremely excited for my first assignment! So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my colleagues here in the UK office, based in High Wycombe, and learning about the company – the business development side of things as well as learning the ropes with the Research Team.

[1] Households Below Average Income, Statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2016/17, Tables 4a and 4b. Department for Work and Pensions, 2018.