Ellie Ott

Dr Ellie Ott is a Research Fellow at the Rees Centre in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. She leads research on refugee and asylum-seeking young people, on standards for evidence, and on foster care.

She is a mixed methods researcher who enjoys exploring how to best use research from systematic reviews to participatory approaches in order to improve the life chances of young people, particularly those with experiences of the social care system and forced migration. Ellie is Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the Mockingbird Family Model of foster care funded by the Department for Education, Principal Investigator for research on the educational provision for refugee and asylum-seeking children funded by the John Fell Fund, and a TORCH Humanities Knowledge Exchange Fellow exploring the narratives of education for unaccompanied migrant young people.


Ellie has led research funded by the UN Refugee Agency, the World Bank, the Nuffield Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, the English Department for Education, and the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr Ott holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and a DPhil in Social Policy and Intervention, both from the University of Oxford.

Ellie is:
  • Co-Investigator on the CCoM project
  • Contributor to Work Package 2adult stakeholders’ perspectives on care relationships and practices