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Dr Alyson Brody
Gender and Social Inclusion Consultant , Self Employed
York, United Kingdom
Freelance gender and social inclusion consultant with international reputation.
Director, Gender Equality Innovations ( Expertise includes gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, policy analysis, women's economic and political empowerment. Clients include ADB, UN Women, DFID, Sida, EU, Oxfam, OECD and WFP.

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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:
I am a gender and development researcher and consultant with over 20 years' experience and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (with a focus on gender and development) from SOAS, London University.

I have provided technical assistance for multiple non-governmental, bilateral and multilateral organisations, including UN Volunteers, the Asian Development Bank, the World Food Programme, the European Union, the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Swiss Agency for Development; Irish Aid; Oxfam; the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; the Tropical Health and Education Trust and the UK Commonwealth Secretariat.

The former head of BRIDGE, a globally-respected gender and development research programme based at the Institute of Development Studies, I have a track record of leading innovative research and knowledge programmes and of writing and disseminating ground-breaking policy-oriented publications and developing training materials aimed at supporting development policy-makers and practitioners to integrate gender and equality across their work, as well as generating knowledge on a range of gender-specific issues. I have wide thematic expertise, including on women’s political participation; gender-responsive food security and climate change policy and programme design; gender-sensitive health work; violence against women and girls; and trafficking and migration.

I have extensive experience in conducting gender-responsive social research and policy analysis; policy advising; promoting organisational learning through participatory approaches; and running high-level multi-stakeholder events on equality; and diversity issues.

From 2012 – 2016 I managed a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies and the World Food Programme entitled ‘Innovations from the Field – Gender Mainstreaming from the Ground Up’, a $2 million USAID-funded programme which focused on supporting institutional learning and capacity building through participatory action research processes. The programme engaged staff in eight country offices (including Kenya, Senegal, Benin, Malawi and Lesotho).

All the assignments I have undertaken have required a highly developed capacity to gather, analyse, assimilate and synthesise a large amount of qualitative and quantitative data from multiple sources that include datasets, literature, key informant interviews, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. They have also required a strong understanding of different stakeholders, including policy and practitioner audiences for published products, guidance and training materials; and beneficiary needs.

I have extensive experience of writing and editing high-quality publications. Recent publications include the Country Gender Assessment of Georgia for the ADB ( and the public
I have a Ph.D and M.A in Social Anthropology from SOAS, London University. 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:

2019, Country Gender Assessment for the Kyrgyz Republic, Asian Development Bank
2019, Introduction to Exploring Gender Equality in the Health Workforce: A study in Uganda and Somaliland, THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust)
2019, Five Plan of Action Regional Synthesis Reports on Integrating Volunteerism into the 2030 Agenda (Writer/editor), UN Volunteers
2018, Georgia Gender Country Assessment, Manila: ADB
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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