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Giovanna Voltolina

Giovanna Voltolina is a Research Analyst in Itad’s Human Development practice. She has extensive experience in critical and analytical research, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and workshop facilitation. Her main duties include collecting, analysing and representing quantitative and qualitative data, facilitating learning workshops and contributing to reports and learning briefs.

Giovanna worked as a Curriculum Development Fellow for EarthRights International, a human and environmental rights organisation in Thailand. She helped develop a comprehensive curriculum for the EarthRights School institute, which works to develop the next generation of human and environmental rights activists and campaigners in the Mekong region. She also supported activists with their fieldwork and research papers. Giovanna also worked as a Research and Communications Intern for the think tank Universal Rights Group in Geneva, Switzerland. During her internship, she participated in quantitative and qualitative research, which contributed to datasets and reports submitted to multiple United Nations organisations. Giovanna has volunteering experience with the International Red Cross and Emergency NGO.

Giovanna earned her MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, which focused on development economics, institutions and development, cities and development and philosophical issues in economic development. Her academic background also included academic exchanges with the universities of Huelva (Spain), Warwick (UK) and Harvard (US).

Nationality: Italian
Languages: Italian (native), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), French (beginner)
Country Experience:

United Kingdom, Thailand


2014 - 2015
MPhil in Development Studies
Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge
2010 - 2013
Bachelor in Contemporary Languages and Civilisations, political-international curriculum
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice


2019 - Present
Research Analyst

2018 - 2019
Lecturer in Writing
LdM Institute – The Italian International Institute

2017 - 2019

Curriculum Development Fellow
EarthRights International

Research Assistant
Universal Rights Group

Research Assistant
Phonodia Lab, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Project Experience:

2019 - Present
Fleming Fund Independent Evaluation Supplier
(UK Department of Health and Social Care) - Research Analyst
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched the Fleming Fund, a £265 million One Health programme, to support low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The aim of the Fleming Fund is to improve laboratory capacity and diagnosis as well as data and surveillance of AMR in LMICs through a one health approach: building capacity to collect drug resistance data; enabling the sharing of drug resistance data nationally, regionally and internationally; collating data on AMR; and encouraging the application of these data to promote the rational use of antimicrobials. Itad has been contracted to deliver an independent evaluation of the Fleming Fund country and regional level projects.

Tasks: Working closely with the contribution analysis leader and providing support. This involves document reviews and preparation of country visits.

2019 - Present
UK Public Health Rapid Support Team Performance Evaluation and Independent Monitoring Agent
(UK Public Health Rapid Support Team) - Research Analyst
As part of the UK government’s commitment to help build the capacities required for countries to prepare for and respond to public health threats and prevent them from becoming global health emergencies, the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) was formed. The UK-PHRST is a consortium formed of Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, with University of Oxford and King’s College London as academic partners. Funded by UK Aid from the Department of Health and Social Care, it supports low- and middle-income countries’ ability to investigate and respond to disease outbreaks. The UK-PHRST combines the strengths and expertise of its consortium members to support countries through three key activity streams: Providing rapid response support to outbreaks; conducting innovative operational research to inform future initiatives; and building capacity to address disease outbreaks in target countries. Itad has been contracted to conduct a performance evaluation and ongoing independent monitoring to support programme delivery for the UK-PHRST.
Tasks: document review, data analysis support, data visualisation.