Elaine Mercer - Knowledge Officer
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.