Jennie Lester

Jennie is a research assistant at OpenDevEd. She completed her undergraduate degree in Geography & Sports Science at Loughborough University, and more recently her MA in International Development & Education at Newcastle University. She has a strong interest in female empowerment, through education, and her MA thesis focused on the lived reality of women belonging to the Taita, Kamba, Duruma, and Maasai tribes in Kenya. A previous research assistant role saw her working on a project focused on university impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Over the last two years she has spent time in Nepal, working with a female empowerment NGO teaching English, and is passionate about the value of education for country development.

Katelynn Wilson

Katelynn is a research assistant at OpenDevEd. She is currently in the second year of her PhD at the University of York with her research focusing on appearance based bullying and the implications this has on mental health. She is also particularly interested in educational outcomes relating to inequality. Prior to starting this role, she has worked as a graduate teaching assistant and a research assistant on a range of projects including mother’s speech in relation to children’s health and educational outcomes, bullying as a traumatic experience and hiding in schools.

Katie Boardman

Katie is a research assistant at OpenDevEd. Her primary areas of expertise are in education and psychology and has experience as a research assistant, focusing on self-regulation and executive function interventions to support disadvantaged pupils. She completed her Undergraduate degree at Durham University, where she became a qualified teacher and taught in schools with disadvantaged pupils. Additionally, she has international experience, working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and teaching English in Austria whilst living with host families.