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Ruth Persian

Principal Research Advisor

Ruth Persian is a Principal Research Advisor in BIT’s London office. She oversees the research function for our UK work on crime & justice, education and social cohesion. Ruth has extensive experience in designing impact evaluations using experimental and quasi-experimental approaches, having worked on over 15 behavioural insights projects in more than 10 countries covering policy areas from revenue collection to anti-corruption. She has also been involved in several collaborations to build partners’ organisational capacity in behavioural insights and rigorous evaluation.

Prior to joining BIT, Ruth worked as an impact evaluation field coordinator for the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab in Nigeria and as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow at the Ministry of Health in Burundi. Ruth studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Tübingen and the University of Cape Town and holds a Master’s in Economics from Oxford University.