Franca joined the Young Foundation as a Research Assistant in March 2019 and has since been working on evaluations commissioned by Hackney Council and End Youth Homelessness where she engaged residents of two estates in Hackney and adolescents in different parts in the UK, respectively. Furthermore, she has conducted ethnographic research for the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Peabody to understand the lived experiences of families in Thamesmead and contributed to a data base built to expand YF’s Patchwork Philanthropy research.
Franca holds an MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics, where she specialised in taking a psychological perspective on societal and political issues. Previously, she graduated from University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany with a BSc in Psychology and underwent a two-year training in Systemic Mediation.
Franca has a particular interest in understanding how cognition, emotion and behaviour evolves within, and is shaped by the context and aims to research this dynamic through conducting participatory and empowering research. For her dissertation, she worked with migrant and refugee children, using drawings and storytelling to understand their identity development and sense of belonging.
Prior to joining the Young Foundation, she did an internship with Innovations for Poverty Action Mexico in a 3-year, multi-stakeholder research project aiming to build effective, resilient and trustworthy police organisations in Mexico.