Brigitte joined IDS in 2013. She currently works mainly on Inclusion Works! and Disability Inclusive Development, two DFID funded programmes implemented through consortiums led by Sightsavers.
Inclusion Works! is focused on supporting people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda into formal employment. Disability Inclusive Development focuses on programmes supporting people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, and Tanzania in relation to education, health, livelihoods, and stigma and discrimination. She has worked for K4D (Knowledge and Evidence for Development) and the GSDRC helpdesks on disability inclusion, humanitarian response, conflict, governance, and social development issues, providing support to DFID, DFAT and EC advisors. She has also worked with the Humanitarian Learning Centre and on the Balancing unpaid care work and paid work project.
Previously, she worked as a researcher for the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) on evaluations for DFID, UNICEF and the Government of Afghanistan related to education, refugee return, disaster preparation and response. She has researched and published on disability inclusion in conflict and humanitarian response. She has a MA in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York and a MA(Hons) in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.