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Alyson Brody
Gender and Development Consultant , Self Employed
York, United Kingdom
Gender and development consultant with a PhD in Social Anthropology. Track record of leading high-level research and knowledge sharing initiatives and publishing on key areas of gender equality and women's and girls' empowerment. Previous consultancies include for DFID, Sida, SDC, Irish Aid, UN Women, Oxfam, WFP and the OECD. Specialist knowledge of South East Asia (particularly Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand) and Francophone Africa. Fluent in French and Thai.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Freelance gender and development researcher and consultant with a PhD in Social Anthropology from SOAS, London University. Consultancies have included work for DFID, the OECD, SDC, Irish Aid, UN Women and WFP. I am currently undertaking work for Bath, Nottingham and Leeds Universities, and the Institute of Development Studies.

I have 20 years' experience in the field of gender and social development, with specialist knowledge in Asia and West Africa. I am passionate about addressing gender inequality and promoting the empowerment of women and girls. From 2010 to 2016 I was the Director of BRIDGE, a global gender and development research and information programme based at the Institute of Development Studies. I led innovative research and knowledge sharing programmes with a focus on key areas of gender equality and women's and girls' empowerment.

I founded and directed a USAID-funded partnership project with the World
Food Programme Gender Office, designed to promote organisational learning on gender mainstreaming for all WFP countries through participatory action learning methodologies and knowledge sharing. I have worked intensively with WFP offices in Senegal, Cambodia and Benin.

I was co-leader of the IDS Gender and Sexuality Cluster from 2014 to 2016, and I am a former Board member of the UK Gender and Development Network.

I have experience of working in an NGO environment, including the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and the Centre for the Protection of Children's Rights in Thailand; and Oxfam in Myanmar.

I have specialist knowledge on a range of issues including migration and trafficking; women's political representation; violence against women and children; gender and food security; and gender and climate change. I have experience of working in Asia(particularly Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar) and Africa.

I am a native English speaker and fluent in French and Thai.

Publications include articles for international journals and books; BRIDGE Cutting Edge reports and briefs; policy reports and briefs. I had also edited a large number of publications, including a book and an IDS Bulletin.
I have a Ph.D and M.A in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies. My research focused on issues of social exclusion, migration and gender in Thailand, using participant observation methods, surveys and life story analysis.

My B.A is in French language and literature from Nottingham University
Affiliations and Achievements:
My publications include:

2016, Political Gender Quotas: Key Debates and Values for Myanmar, Oxfam GB
2014, Gender and Food Security: Towards Gender-Just Food and
Nutrition Security, BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack (main author), IDS
2011, Gender and Climate Change, BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack (Editor), IDS
2009, Gender and Governance Overview Report, BRIDGE Cutting Edge
Pack on Gender and Governance (author), IDS
2008, Innovative Funding For Women's Organisations, OECD DAC
Gendernet Issues Brief, OECD
2007, Dirt and Development: Alternative Modernities in Thailand, in
Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination (Campkin,
B. and Cox, R. eds.), Taurus
2007, Keeping it Clean: Politics of the Mundane in a Bangkok
Shopping Mall, in Livelihoods at the Margins; Surviving the City, UCL
2006, 'Invisible yet necessary: order, hygiene and the role of cleaners in
a Bangkok shopping mall', in Cleaning up the global economy: janitors
face neo-liberalism (Aguiar, L, and Herod, A eds.), Blackwell
2006, Prostitution in Thailand, in International Approaches to
Prostitution: Law and Policy in Europe and Asia (Gangoli G,
Westermareland, N, eds.), Polity Press
2006, ‘Beyond Duty and Desire: Motivations for Women's migration to
Bangkok', in Women, Work and Migration: Perspectives from Asia,
2005, Money with a Mission: Managing the Social Performance of
Microfinance, ITDG (editor)

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Thai
    United Kingdom
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