Elaine Mercer - Knowledge Officer

Knowledge and Communications for Development; Gender and Sexuality
T: +44 (0)1273 915816
E: e.mercer@ids.ac.uk

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As a Knowledge Officer within the Knowledge, Policy and Impact Team (KIP), Elaine brings experience and enthusiasm to a variety of interlinked activities including: facilitating participatory approaches to research and knowledge work; co-creating outputs through these approaches (written and multimedia); capacity building with partners; coordinating and facilitating knowledge and research events; and sharing learning in relation to these processes.

She has worked within international development for the past 13 years. Her background is in social anthropology and she has previously worked with international women's rights, gender and sexuality focused NGOs. During her ten years at IDS she has greatly enjoyed working with research and knowledge teams on a variety of essential development issues - including gender, sexuality, climate change, health, nutrition, conflict, governance and Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), amongst others. She is passionate about using and promoting creative, thoughtful, transformative approaches within development, for example, managing and facilitating digital storytelling and participatory video processes and outputs.

The Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Hub works in collaboration with practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and others in the development, sanitation and related communities, and in governments, international agencies, civil society, research institutes and other organisations.

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This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people.

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The 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities.

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