Antonella Bancalari

Fulbright-Royal Society of Edinburgh Award - Yale University

Antonella Bancalari graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2020 with a PhD in Social Policy and a MPA in International Development. Antonella’s journey started in Lima, Peru, where she obtained a BSc in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico and worked as a public sector consultant. As a first-hand witness of the barriers to development, her purpose is to help eradicating global poverty. Pursuing this aim, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington D.C.) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (London) in several projects in Latin America and South-East Asia. 


As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Antonella will be joining a renowned group of Development Economists based at Yale’s Economic Growth Centre. Her research seeks to understand the principles underlying effective public service delivery in low- and middle-income countries. Back home, Antonella is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the School of Economics and Finance of the University of St Andrews (Scotland), where she teaches Development and Health Economics to more than 100 postgraduate and undergraduate students from all over the world. The Fulbright will give her the opportunity to share her research and field-work experience internationally and learn how leading academics promote evidence-based policymaking globally. As an animal lover, Antonella hopes to meet “Handsome Dan”, Yale University’s famous mascot, and volunteer at the Yale’s Animal Welfare Alliance!