Paul Fenton Villar


Evaluation Specialist

Paul supports the production of systematic reviews and evidence gap maps in the Synthesis and Reviews Office.

Before joining 3ie, he worked for nearly seven years as a freelance research consultant on projects involving policy impact evaluations and evidence synthesis. He has worked on projects based in several countries, including Brazil, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Nicaragua, and with various organizations, e.g., the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Health Organization (WHO), and Save the Children International. His work has contributed to research addressing issues in public governance, health, education, and business regulation.

He has also worked as an Economist in the UK's Civil Service and as a Teaching Associate in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA). In the UK's Civil Service, he worked in the Government Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on cost-benefit analysis and with the Behavioural Insights Unit at Ofgem (the UK energy market regulator) on the analysis of randomized control trials. At the UEA, he contributed to professional and university courses in development economics, statistics, applied econometrics, and quantitative methods for impact evaluation.

Paul holds a BSc in Finance and Investment from the University of Brighton and an MSc in Impact Evaluation for International Development from the UEA. He is currently pursuing a PhD funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in Development Studies from the UEA.