Marlous holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Development, both from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, she obtained professional experience as a consultant in the field of social policy. She worked for nearly four years at the UNICEF Office of Research in Italy, where she focused on issues concerning social protection, education and (multidimensional) poverty. In addition, for five times she has been teaching a short course at the Masters programme in Public Policy at the University of Mauritius.

Marlous’ research interests build on both her academic and professional experience and concentrate on social and economic development policy, in particular on the impact of social protection policy on human capital accumulation and inter- and intra-household dynamics. In addition, she is a predoctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center.