Current Bloggers

  • Ajoy Datta

    Ajoy Datta is a Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute. His expertise lies in knowledge interaction processes (including research communications, knowledge brokering, policy influence work and public engagement processes), key intermediaries (such as think tanks, networks and legislators), policy processes and knowledge use (including understanding policymaker incentives and providing advice for them to make better use of knowledge) and sustainably developing capacities of human systems.

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  • Allison Stevens

    12 years experience in research & development communications. Writing blogs for Research to Action to share what I have learnt from my everyday work experiences so that other communication practioners and researchers might learn something new, or identify with something in the blog, or suggest a better way of doing something. Twitter: @astevens2013

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  • Andrew Clappison

    Dr. Andrew Clappison’s professional interests centre on research engagement, the challenges attached to getting research into policy and practice, and the measurement of research influence. He currently manages Research to Action, and hopes that the initiative will play a pivotal role in enhancing the knowledge of researchers and knowledge exchange professionals trying to attain influence.

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  • Anna Minasyan

    Anna Minasyan is the co-founder and President of Advanced Social Technologies NGO (AST), an independent center for applied social research based in Yerevan, Armenia. As one of AST's lead researchers, she authored over 30 research papers mainly focusing on labour market, international migration and community development. Since 2007, she is also the Managing Partner of AST's sister company Mosaic.AM, a private enterprise specializing in marketing research and business consultancy. Anna has an MA in Sociology with specialization in Conflict Resolution & Management

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  • Anushka Wijesinha

    Anushka Wijesinha is Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), where he also chairs the Research Communications Committee – a cross-functional team that looks at how to improve the institute’s outreach. He is the Editor of the IPS blog ‘Talking Economics’ – and you can find him on Twitter @anushwij.

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  • Arnaldo Pellini

    Arnaldo is a Research Associate at the Research and Policy in Development programme of ODI. His background is in economics with a specialization decentralization and local governance reforms, community participation in local governance and service provision, in particular education, and evidence-based policy influencing processes. Arnaldo has more than ten years of field experience at national and local level in Asian countries. He joined ODI in 2008 after two years working with UNDP in Vietnam on a programme to improve research management and policy engagement at the Vietnamese Academy for Social Science.

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  • Astrid Walker Bourne

    Astrid leads Practical Action’s Policy & Practice team which focuses on the organisation’s goal areas of Energy, Agriculture, Urban Services (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Markets. Astrid is passionate about positioning technology on the development agenda, providing evidence and learning of the role technology can play in transforming poor people’s lives

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  • Betty Paton

    Betty Paton has been a Social Media Consultant at CommsConsult Ltd. since 2010. She firmly believes that social media is a powerful tool in the communication of development research and is committed to embracing and understanding new, emerging and appropriate techniques for communicating development. She has a degree in Film Studies from the Combined Universities of Cornwall and an MA in Film and Cultural Management from Southampton University.

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  • Cheryl Brown

    Cheryl Brown is a Chartered Marketer and former editor at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and works with research institutes and knowledge brokers in international development to help them increase the uptake of their research. She is a part-time lecturer on professional marketing courses including the CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing. Cheryl has a particular interest in applying behaviour change theories (social marketing) to the process of development research

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  • David J. Olson

    David J. Olson has managed his own global development communications consulting firm, Olson Global Communications, since 2011. He has more than 25 years of strategic communications, advocacy and non-profit management experience on five continents. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, he managed an agricultural program in Mali for Lutheran World Relief, and then served as country representative for PSI social marketing programs in Zambia, Bangladesh and Paraguay. He was communications director of PSI and later, of the Global Health Council. He is an active social media practitioner, blogging for the Huffington Post, Impatient Optimists and others and tweeting @davidjolson.

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  • Emma Clunie

    Emma Clunie is currently the Communications Coordinator at Research to Action. She believes that communication can be expressed in many different ways, using a variety of tools and techniques. She enjoys exchanging ideas and supporting peer-learning around these in support of effective and strategic communication. She has a degree in Public Relations from Falmouth University.

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  • Henna Mahmood

    Henna Mahmood is a Communications Associate at Results for Development Institute, where she is working on a number of research and communications projects, including the Think Tank Policy Engagement and Communications Program. She holds a BA from Columbia University in History and Middle Eastern, African and South Asian Studies.

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  • Institute of Development Studies

    The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for international development research, teaching and communications. IDS, in partnership with Practical Action Consulting, are leading the South Asia and Latin American elements of the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) programme. IDS will be publishing a range of materials relating to this programme on R2A.

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  • Isabel Vogel

    Isabel Vogel is an independent consultant supporting organisations to achieve their social goals through learning, evidence and innovation. She has previously held posts at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Department for International Development (DFID). More recently her work as focused on developing and reviewing the use of Theory of Change in International Development programmes.

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  • James Georgalakis

    James is responsible at IDS for managing the Central Communications team. He oversees the publications program, web and social media strategy and media and public affairs activities. James has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2000, predominantly in media and advocacy communications roles. He joined the international development sector in 2005. Previous experience includes three years with international charity EveryChild. James successfully helped to raise their profile in the media and with opinion formers and policy makers and contributed directly to raising child protection up the international development policy agenda. He was also the convener of the DFID CSO Child Rights Working Group.

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  • James Harvey

    Dr James Harvey is a research impact specialist at CommsConsult Ltd, a UK based consultancy working to improve research communications and help researchers and organizations evaluate impact. An enthusiastic advocate for engagement, James sees effective communication as an essential bridge to achieving influence and impact. As a contributor to R2A his understanding of the impact agenda in the UK higher education sector is an important addition to our portfolio of expertise. He regularly tweets via @jchpress

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  • Jessica Romo

    Yulye Jessica Romo Ramos works for SciDev.Net as Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator. She is responsible for ensuring that SciDev.Net fulfils its mission by monitoring and evaluating its objectives, ensuring that the organisation understands and responds to stakeholder needs, communicating the outcomes and impacts of SciDev.Net to staff, donors, the NGO sector and the wider public - helping raise SciDev.Net's profile via the M&E structure. She has work experience in the private, public and third sector - both in the developing and industrialised world. Jessica has a BA in international studies and an MSc in development and environmental issues, with a particular specialisation in participatory and M&E methods for governance and development models.

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  • Jorge Benavides

    Jorge Benavides is senior researcher at FUNDESA and a specialist in Social Development Economics, in areas such as human development, governance and democracy. Also, he is Professor in the field of economics and development at Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala). He holds a Master Degree in Political Affairs from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) and a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala). His research and publications have focused on development and inequality, social investment transparency, reduction of poverty, quality of life and sustainable development, with particular emphasis on Guatemala and Latin America. Also, he has been consultant for USAID, IADB and World Bank, giving conferences about economics and development for emerging countries.

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  • Julie LaFrance

    Julie LaFrance is a Senior Program Specialist at the Think Tank Initiative. She is part of a team dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutes, or think tanks, in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, and is keen to share TTI's learning from supporting these organizations. As part of this team she is able to draw down on her expertise in organizational development, responsible lending practices, resource mobilization and partnership development.

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  • Kate Hawkins

    Kate is one of the founders of Pamoja Communications and over the years she has worked with multilaterals, bilateral donors, researchers and the non-governmental sector on policy related issues. In recent years she has had more of a focus on research communications and the process by which evidence is translated into policy and practice.

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  • Kennedy Oulu

    Kennedy Oulu lives in Tanzania and is an independent consultant on children and youth research, evaluation and development. He is passionate about generating ideas,managing knowledge and evidence to build the capacities of people and organizations.

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  • Kimberly Clarke

    Kimberly has a strong international background in editing, evaluation and tracking the impact of communication and has worked with many international organizations, development agencies and media including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK Department For International Development (DfID), Practical Action, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Earthscan, the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD), SCF Canada, Plan International, the World Bank, UNDP, FAO, BBC, TVE and OnePlanet Pictures. Kimberly currently works for Inter Press Services (IPS).

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  • Kirsty Newman

    Kirsty Newman is Research Uptake Manager with the Research and Evidence Division of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She has a PhD in molecular virology and worked as a research fellow in the immunology department at LSHTM from 2004 to 2008. Since that time she has been working on capacity building programmes at the Wellcome Trust, the UK Parliament and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications.

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  • Laurie Aldous-Grant

    Laurie believes that good communication has to be the basis for all positive change. Having experience designing and running websites, implementing advertising campaigns and writing press releases for local and national media, Laurie understands the benefits of a well-designed communication strategy. This awareness forms a useful backdrop to her real passion for research and writing.

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  • Laura ffrench-Constant

    Laura is currently studying Politics and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and has a specific interest in African Politics and International Development. In between her studies Laura works for CommsConsult in support of their Research Impact Literacy Project.

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  • Mark Roland

    Mark Roland is a Program Officer at R4D, where he focuses on issues of cost effectiveness and financial sustainability, primarily in the health sector. Prior to his time at R4D, Mark has worked for a variety of domestic and global health agencies, including UNICEF and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he managed several health reform projects. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

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  • Megan Lloyd-Laney

    Megan Lloyd-Laney has worked for numerous bilateral, multilateral, diaspora, educational and government organisations. Highlights include a recent three-year stint as consultant Communications Advisor in the Department for International Development’s Research Department; Advocacy Trainer for UNIFEM’s Ending Violence against Women campaigns; and PR Lecturer for University College Falmouth.

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  • Nick Benequista

    Nicholas is a researcher with an interest in media, social movements and how to build better connections between theory and action. He is currently working on a PhD thesis about Kenyan journalism with the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He tweets about media and international development at @benequista.

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  • Nyasha Musandu

    Nyasha Musandu works for CommsConsult (Zimbabwe office) and is involved in a variety of projects covering numerous aspects of research communication, engagement and M&E.

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  • Paula Fray

    Paula Fray is an award winning journalist who has gathered expertise over the last 20 years in media, advocacy and strategic communication. Paula has held senior positions at Inter Press Services (IPS) and The Star newspaper (South Africa). Drawing on these experiences she now works as a consultant with organizations like Health-e, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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  • Pete Cranston

    Pete Cranston is an ICT, Communication and New Media specialist, with long experience as a facilitator and trainer. His early career was in international and UK education, working with adults and 16 -19 year olds, and for the past 14 years he has worked in the 3rd sector, mainly in International Development. A seasoned manager of organisational IS&T and ICT development programmes, he has worked for five years as an independent consultant supporting strategic planning, organisational communication, research, evaluation and knowledge management. A significant part of his work has been with telecentres and local content exchange while his most recent research has been into global social media trends, with special reference to health communications, and the impact of convergent mobile technologies in rural development. For the past three years advising and training in web 2.0 technologies and interactive media, at both strategic and practical application levels, has taken up an increasing proportion of his work.

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  • Pier Andrea Pirani

    Pier Andrea is co-director of Euforic Services. He joined Euforic in late 2004 as project officer. He has been working on the main Euforic website involved in the different activities undertaken with members. In particular, he has been involved in training and supporting staff from development organizations in the use of web2.0 and social media tools, facilitating of awareness and training session and supporting users in implementing the new web tools into their daily work. He also uses the new web tools for social reporting in conference and face to face events.

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  • Research to Action

    Research to Action (R2A) is a website catering for the strategic and practical needs of people trying to improve the uptake of development research.

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  • Robbie Gregorowski

    Robbie Gregorowski is an ITAD Principal Consultant and Evaluator with considerable expertise in monitoring and evaluation, particularly in the fields of Knowledge Services, Research Uptake and Evidence-informed policy. Robbie is responsible for the designing and facilitating the M&E system for the GDNet, the knowledge service from the Global Development Network (GDN). He has also recently undertaken evaluations of several knowledge networks, communities of practice, and policy research institutions including DFID's Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the World Bank infoDev trust fund, and UNISDR's disaster risk reduction (DRR) knowledge platform -- PreventionWeb. Most recently, he was asked by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to review the latest thinking on capacity development and then to develop a conceptual framework for them, called Capacity Development 2 (CD2)

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  • Roger Harris

    Dr. Roger W. Harris has a PhD in Information Systems from the City University of Hong Kong. He has been advancing the use of Information and Communication Technologies for poverty reduction and rural development in Asia since 1997. Dr. Harris is the founder of Roger Harris Associates, a consulting and social entrepreneurial firm that provides services to Asian governments and aid agencies, including the United Nations, the World Bank, International Telecommunications Union, USAID and the Asian Development Bank. He has worked on assignments for project design and implementation, evaluation, policy and strategy development, knowledge sharing and research in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Mostly, this comprises setting up village telecentres with computers and internet and assisting the community to make use of them for local development. He has a long association with a remote indigenous community in Borneo where he has recently set up Malaysia's first community radio station. Dr. Harris is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

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  • Sally-Theobald

    Sally Theobald has a disciplinary background of geography and development studies and a PhD in Gender, Health and Development. She has wide ranging experience of designing and implementing gender sensitive qualitative research projects on HIV, TB, SRH and health systems in Thailand. She is currently working on collaborative research project s in Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ghana, Cambodia and Yemen. Sally is very interested in research impact and have been leading work in this area that brings together the experiences of 28 research institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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  • Zeinab Sabet

    Zeinab Sabet (Research Communication Capacity Building Manager, GDNet) has worked for Amnesty International (EU Office) and the United United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). She holds a Master degree in Political and Social Sciences from "Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg" and another in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe.

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  • Zilper Audi

    Zilper C. Audi is the Communications Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya), a public policy think tank based in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR-UK). She is a Global Affiliate member of CIPR-UK, passionate about policy research communication, and keen to learn and adopt cutting-edge tools to help her organization communicate their research.

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