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Katy Oswald - Research Officer

Power and Popular Politics
T: +44 (0)1273 915875
E: k.oswald@ids.ac.uk


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Katy Oswald is a Senior Research Officer in the Power and Popular Politics Cluster. She is also a Psychotherapist in-training. Her teaching and research interests lie in the interplay between subjective/psychological understandings of personal and social change, and how power shapes (and is shaped by) individuals and society.

Katy is interested in how a more inter-disciplinary approach to research and teaching can expand our understanding of how change happens, and contribute to progressive social change. She teaches on the 'Power and Social Perspectives on Development' module in the autumn term, and co-convenes and teaches on the 'Reflective and Creative Practice and Social Change' module in the spring term. She is an experienced facilitator of participatory action learning/research.

IDS is the external monitoring, evaluation and learning partner for Diálogo, a programme which aims to contribute to improved governance and accountability for Mozambican citizens.

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Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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A participatory action-learning and knowledge sharing programme to improve WFPs gender-mainstreaming practices.

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This collaboration between IDS and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) aims to bring appropriate participatory methods into quality assurance within SDC. It will also bring new levels of rigour to the principles of participation, poverty orientation and empowerment in the work of SDC and its partners.

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Exploring and addressing the challenges facing capacity development to bring about change in a purposeful way

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Participation in Economic Decision-Making: A Primer

This primer is designed to help programmes that aim to build participation into economic decision-making to better understand what ‘participation’ means. More details

This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 47.6, 'Engaged Excellence'.

Engaged Excellence

IDS Bulletin 47.6 (2016)

Who defines what good quality research is? How, why and who should we co-construct knowledge with? What counts as impact? How do we build enduring partnerships? The articles in this IDS Bulletin aim to answer these questions based on IDS’ approach of ‘engaged excellence’. More details


Interrogating an Engaged Excellence Approach to Research

IDS Evidence Report 214 (2016)

In recent years several debates have emerged about how to make academic research more ‘engaged’. The motivation for these debates has varied from a recognition that engagement can help increase the impact of research, to normative arguments that research needs to engage with those it seeks to help or change, and epistemological arguments that the multifaceted nature of truth necessitates the engagement of multiple perspectives. More details

This is the front cover of MAVC On Speaking, Mediation, Representation and Listening

On Speaking, Mediation, Representation and Listening

This think piece reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported within the Making All Voices Count Framework. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Author Reflections

IDS Bulletin 43.3 (2012)

This article is made up of a few individual reflections from the authors of articles in this IDS Bulletin on why they used action research approaches and/or some of the critical issues that they see as important. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Capacity Development; Gender; Participatory methodologies; Politics and Power; Unruly Politics.