Marinella is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Her main research fields are Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics.

Her research interests mainly focus on the analysis of conflicts and their consequences, the economics of gender and child labour. In a current research project looks at the change in gender roles during a conflict and its long term effects on women’s empowerment indicators.

She has also been studying the short and long term impacts of conflicts, including their intergenerational effects on socio-economic outcomes. In an other research project Marinella looked at the role of women in decision-making positions of local collective action institutions devoted to the management of natural resources. Marinella's research also focuses on the analysis of child labour primarily in agricultural environments.

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