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Sam Nickell
Research Assistant , Research Institution/University
Brighton, United Kingdom
Development and research professional with experience in poverty measurement, research, and analysis with a focus on urban poverty and urban development. Strong writing and presentation skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office. Currently working on contract as a research assistant looking for a permanant position at a research institution or non-profit organization.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Research Assistant- Insitute of Development Studies
- Conducted extensive research to catalog and summarize key texts on the politics of agriculture, nutrition, and fragility related to conflict and environmental stress.
- Assisted principal researcher in the creation of a literature review for Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) to situate their work on fragility and enabling environments for nutrition in the broader context of fragility and its impact to agriculture-nutrition linkages.

English Teacher- China International Teachers Association
- Created and managed original lesson plans for weekly English classes that led to an increase in students' English speaking proficiency.
-Engaged in professional development with local Chinse teachers leading to better understanding of cross-cultural differences in teaching methods.

Research Assitant- Political Science Department at Principia College
-Carried out research for conference papers, informational briefs, and literature reviews about topics related to security, foreign policy, and international relations theory at the request of department staff.
-Processes polling data using SPSS and Microsoft Excell during annual U.S. election cycle.
-Helped administer department.

Completed my BA in Political Science with a focus on international relations. During my undergraduate studies, I gained experience abroad in China and Kazakhstan and built my project management skills as a board member for a university-led conference. I also recently finished my MA in poverty and development from the Institute of Development Studies where I focused on urban poverty, social protection in cities, and inclusive urbanization strategies. I wrote my MA dissertation on China's New-Type Urbanization Plan and its effects on rural-urban migrants and urban villages.
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    2-5 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish
    United States
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