Loes van der Graaf

Loes joined PPMI in summer 2017, as junior researcher and advanced to the position of researcher/project manager in December 2017. Prior to PPMI, Loes worked in a human rights organisation in Ukraine and at the EU Delegation in Tajikistan, which provided her with excellent knowledge of the Eastern Europe and Central Asian region. At PPMI, she is mainly involved in international development projects, for example through projects with UNICEF in Uzbekistan, UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, and the European Training Foundation active in the EU neighbourhood and Central Asia. Most of her work relates to education, but her prior experiences also covered policy areas such as law/human rights, employment and migration. Loes has an interdisciplinary academic background with degrees in law, history and international relations.


 Key areas of expertise:

  • Policy areas: Law, employment, education, human rights and gender equality
  • Research methods: Quantitative data analysis using SPSS, surveys, desk research, ethical standards in research



  • LLM International and European Union Law, Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2019
  • MA in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy, University of Siena, Italy, 2015
  • LLB in Dutch Law, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013
  • BA in History, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013
  • Erasmus student, University of Vienna, Austria, 2012


Selected projects:

Multi-country study on the role of teachers in ensuring safe and non-violent learning environments (UNESCO, 2019)

Services for developing a methodology and conducting a survey of young people in Central Asia (UNDP Kazakhstan, 2019)

Technical support to UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) for a situation analysis on children affected by migration in Central Asia (UNICEF ECARO, 2018)

Regional Conceptual and Programmatic Framework on Skills for Adolescents in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) (UNICEF ECARO, 2018)

Framework Partnership Agreement with a European policy network in the field of education of children and young people with a migrant background (DG EAC, 2018)

Study to design and carry out a nation-wide study on the profiles of children with low-learning levels (UNICEF Uzbekistan, 2018)

Evaluation of the ETF Torino Process (ETF, 2018)

Study to support impact assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive (Directive 91/533/EEC) (DG EMPL, 2017)

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