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Emilie Wilson - Communications Officer

I am interested in engaging people with research through communication, and also in whether or how this activity can support evidence-based dialogue and decision making.

I have been at IDS since May 2007, and began working as Communications Officer in 2010. In June 2016, I was elected as a staff member to the IDS Board of Trustees.

Communication, marketing and online content development

I was seconded to The Guardian in August 2010, contributing to the development and launch of the award-winning Guardian Global Development site.

Since then I have gained considerable experience in social media engagement and content development, including delivering in-house Writing for the Web and "Get Read! How to write and promote your blog" training, developing and launching the Impact and Learning blog (2011), leading on social reporting from the International Intiative for Impact Evaluation's seminal Mind the Gap; From Policy to Impact conference in Cuernavaca, Mexico (2011), working on the dissemination and promotion of acclaimed IDS Bulletin New Roles for Communication in Development (2012) and awarded a CIM-accredited Diploma in Digital Marketing (2013-14).

In 2015, I led on the marketing strategy for re-launching the IDS Bulletin as an open access journal. Launched in 2016, its new website achieved nearly 400,000 downloads, four times greater than anticipated.

Project management in publication design and production

Additionally, I have also project-managed the design and production of the IDS Annual Review (2013, 2014 and 2015) as well as leading on the design of the IDS Strategy 2015-2020 (short version) (PDF).

In recent years, I have developed an interest and built my experience in translating research concepts and findings into infographic format.

Here are some examples: 

Knowledge management

Previously, I was the editor for the Eldis Manuals and Toolkits Eldis Resource Guide and the Middle East and North Africa regional page. I also co-ordinated the production of Eldis on CD-ROM (Eldis OnDisc).

Prior to that, I worked for Citizens Advice Scotland on public affairs and social policy in Scotland in the areas of consumer debt, housing and employment rights. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MA (Hons) in Arabic with politics and Middle Eastern history.

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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Studies have shown that it is often wealthier people in a community who benefit from market approaches to combatting poverty – men more than women, non-disabled more than disabled. So how and to what extent can market-based solutions improve the lives of extremely poor people?

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Researching the impacts of, and responses to, volatile food prices in poor communities in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

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This is the cover to the report 'Precarious Lives'.

Precarious Lives: Or Why it's Vital to Protect the Right to Food in the Face of Market Volatility

The global food crisis of 2007-11 left food prices higher and more volatile than they had been for a generation. The Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project explored the everyday aspects of people's lives, as they responded to this change in prices. The project found that people are no longer experiencing price rises as shocks but rather as a constant pressure, particularly as wages are no More details

This is the front cover to, 'Can the markets and the private sector tackle undernutrition amongst the poorest people?'.

Can the Private Sector Tackle Undernutrition Amongst the Poorest People?

Undernutrition is the biggest worldwide health risk and accounts for roughly 45% of child deaths globally. Additionally, “hidden hunger” or deficiency in vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) affects to 2 billion people in the world. More details


Managing the Emerging Waste Crisis in Developing Countries’ Large Cities

IDS Policy Briefing 86 (2015)

Rising prosperity around the globe is both welcome and, in many countries, long overdue. However, it brings with it a number of undesirable consequences, such as an increased demand for raw materials, which puts pressure on limited natural resources, and the generation of waste, due to dominant linear economic models of ‘make-use-throw’. More details

This is the image for the brief, 'Key Challenges of Security Provision Rapidly Urbanising Contexts: Offender and Police Experiences from Kathmandu Valley and Terai Regions of Nepal'.

Key Challenges of Security Provision Rapidly Urbanising Contexts: Offender and Police Experiences from Kathmandu Valley and Terai Regions of Nepal

Briefing (2014)

Rapidly urbanising Nepal and youth unemployment present challenges to security provision. More details

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Five Fingers or One Hand? The BRICS in Development Cooperation

IDS Policy Briefing 69 (2014)

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) are increasingly prominent in development cooperation activities in low-income countries in Africa and worldwide, presenting a potential alternative to the development aid model of traditional donors. More details