Lucy Bassett

Associate Professor of Practice of Public Policy
Email Address
Office Location/Room Number
Garrett Hall L033
Curriculum Vitae
Education & Training
MA, Law and Diplomacy (MALD), the Fletcher School, Tufts University
MS, Nutrition, Tufts University
BA, English, Carleton College
Courses Taught
Global Early Childhood Development

Prior to joining the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Lucy Bassett was an Education Specialist and a Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank, where she focused on education, social protection, nutrition, and early childhood development. She has also worked on those thematic areas at UNICEF, the World Food Programme, Save the Children, and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Over the course of her career, Lucy has worked with governments in low- and middle-income countries to expand access to quality education, nutrition, and social protection services, particularly for poor and marginalized children and their families. Most recently she has focused on improving education systems, especially ensuring quality at the pre-primary and primary levels, and on contributing to the development of a global measurement tool to assess children’s learning and development outcomes and the quality of learning environments. Lucy has worked on projects aiming to increase the participation of Roma children in preschool in Serbia, to provide cash transfers and nutrition services to poor families in Honduras, and to improve social service delivery after the earthquake in Haiti. Lucy also has expertise in designing social protection programs to contribute to improved nutrition, food security, and early childhood development outcomes and in monitoring the effectiveness of such programs. In addition her work in international development, Lucy has been engaged in local early education policy and teacher training in Washington, DC. She has lectured at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and at Boston University.