Merili has recently joined NatCen as a mixed-methods Researcher in the Crime & Justice team.
She has a keen interest in criminal justice policy and is currently working on two process evaluations for the Ministry of Justice; one on the Reform Prisons programme and one on the Electronic Monitoring via Global Positioning System pilot.
Prior to joining NatCen, Merili was a research intern at the international NGO Terre des Hommes. In this role she worked on a project examining child-friendly justice systems in South-Eastern Europe, England & Wales and Italy. She has also worked in a researcher role for OxPolicy, where she contributed to a report reviewing the effectiveness of different sexual violence prevention policies and programmes in universities.
Merili has a Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford and a BA in Criminology from Durham University. Her master’s thesis examined potential implications of the move towards evidence-based policy on the evaluation of effectiveness of women-specific community-based alternatives to imprisonment.”