Rachel has more than 20 years’ experience as a social development researcher and practitioner including five years as a Research Associate with ODI. She has particular expertise in conducting rigorous evidence reviews, with a strong focus on gender, childhood, youth and adolescence and social inclusion more broadly and is co-leading the evidence synthesis workstream for the Gender and Adolescence Global Evidence programme (GAGE). This is a longitudinal global research and evaluation study on gender and adolescents.
In recent years she has led evidence reviews on gender and youth livelihoods development; gender equality in education; communication strategies to promote gender equality; youth civic and political participation; and effective integration of anti-poverty and child protection programmes. One of the projects she works on is ALIGN, which brings together global research on discriminatory and harmful gender norms She has also worked on social aspects of climate change.
Rachel has also undertaken assignments for Nike Foundation on adolescent girls, for the World Bank and UNICEF on childhood, youth and social exclusion, and for DFID on youth and gender. Before becoming a consultant with ODI, Rachel worked for DFID as a Social Development Advisor, and for Save the Children as a Research and Policy Advisor, where she served as Director of the Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre. Rachel has worked in the following countries: Belize, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, India, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan and Tanzania.