I am a researcher ...
with extensive experience in women's rights, gender equality and social inclusion. I have a proven track record of setting visions, developing strategies, and designing, leading, delivering and project managing high-quality systems and projects for effective gender mainstreaming across organisations and within large-scale international development and humanitarian projects. My technical expertise and practical experience has been developed through a range of consultancy assignments, management roles, and technical research pieces to enable global, regional, and country teams to apply the most effective solutions and best practices for gender equality and social justice. I also have a strong commitment to implementing feminist principles in strategies and frameworks, and support initiatives to promote understanding and discussion on feminist leadership within organisations and programmes.
My previous role was a Gender & Development Manager (Research) at the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, leading and managing a research programme on gender-responsive and age-sensitive social protection. Prior to this, I was a Senior Technical Advisor on Women's Rights at ActionAid UK and a 2018 Africa Fellow in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice at the World Bank Group. I previously worked at Social Development Direct (SDDirect) as a Technical Specialist on Women's Economic Empowerment. Before that, I was a Research Fellow in the Cities Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. Before that, a Research Officer in the Gender and Sexualities Cluster (also at IDS).
A human geographer by training with strong qualitative and participatory research and analytical skills, in the last thirteen years, I have conceptualised, designed and delivered projects across a diverse scope of thematic areas for women and girls’, and other historically marginalised groups and communities: women's economic rights and women’s and girls' economic empowerment, the care economy (paid and unpaid), urban development and infrastructure, social protection, food security and nutrition, as well as child protection, sexual and gender-based violence, engaging with men and boys and youth empowerment.
I have provided research and consulting services for a range of donors, NGOs, international and national partner organisations, civil society organisations, Foundations, private sector companies, bilaterals and multilaterals. These include ActionAid International, Commonwealth Secretariat, the Cities Alliance, FCDO, FAO, Hewlett Foundation, IDRC, IIED, OECD, Plan UK, Shell Foundation, SIDA and the UN.
I have also designed and delivered seminars and lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and led, designed and facilitated training for effecting gender and intersectional integration across various strategies and processes. This includes gender mainstreaming for Cities Alliance staff members (where I also developed knowledge products, including toolkits and guidance notes on gender mainstreaming), training on gender-sensitive indicators for monitoring and evaluating the impact of projects for the Commonwealth Secretariat, and qualitative and participatory research methodology workshops in India, Nepal, Malawi, Lesotho and Zambia for research on women’s and girls’ economic empowerment. My trainings and guides are all feminist and intersectional, and draw on international best practices, protocols, and tools.
I have a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies, an MSc in Urbanisation and Development - both from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Human and Physical Geography from the University of Reading. My PhD, which was awarded a one-year Leverhulme Trust Award to conduct my fieldwork - exploring the lives of women and men working as paid domestic workers in Lagos, Nigeria.
... and a writer and literary lover
Beyond my work on women's rights, gender and international development, I run a literary blog, bookshy - to document African literature on the continent and the Diaspora and ABC - a website dedicated to African Book Covers. Additionally, I edit the literary magazine, REWRITE READS. I was also one-third of Not Another Book Podcast. As the Founder and Editor of bookshy, I have written in numerous print and online publications, including African Arguments, Brittle Paper and New African Magazine. I have also been invited to moderate and chair talks with African writers at a number of international events including Africa Writes in London, England, Ake Arts & Books Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria, and Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda.