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Catherine Grant

Research Officer

Catherine Grant is a social scientist, her work focuses on international health, education and nutrition issues. She has an interest in zoonotic diseases and was recently part of an international interdisciplinary consortium focusing on four zoonotic diseases, each affected in different ways by ecosystem changes and having different impacts on people’s health, wellbeing and livelihoods. As part of this work she conducted fieldwork and participatory research focusing on zoonotic diseases in Africa.

Her recent research focused on the benefits of using participatory research in conjunction with traditional modelling methods to potentially improve disease research, control and management. The idea behind this work is that integrated approaches can lead to more realistic mathematical models which in turn can assist with making policy decisions that reduce disease and benefit local people. Currently, she works for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Health and Education Advice and Resource Team, which provides rapid response research support to time-pressured development practitioners and decision-makers in the areas of health, nutrition and education.

Catherine joined IDS in 2011, prior to this, she conducted research for and had management roles in several international development organisations, managed an NHS research department and monitored clinical trials. She has worked in international development for over a decade and has worked in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire and South Africa.

Catherine Grant’s recent work


Implementing Safeguard Policies in Infrastructure Programming

K4D Helpdesk Report 037

Access to infrastructure enables people to take advantage of economic opportunities and access markets, jobs, information and training. However, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, many hundreds of millions of people still lack access to electricity, transport and water and sanitation and...

27 January 2017


Family Planning Communications

K4D Helpdesk Report

This report looks at the evidence available on effective behaviour change communication for increasing the uptake of family planning methods. It provides information on several different methods.

14 December 2016


Benefits of Investing in Family Planning

K4D Helpdesk Report

This report focuses on the evidence on the health, economic and other benefits of investing in family planning. Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. A large and growing body of literature explores the social and...

1 December 2016


Basic Education and Employment

K4D Helpdesk Report 015

This report is not a systematic review, but aims to capture a substantial portion of the literature offering evidence on the topic, including the most important and useful papers to guide policy-making. It provides an annotated bibliography of the literature, followed by an evidence summary...

18 November 2016


Refugees and encampment

K4D Helpdesk Report

This paper discusses the important question of shifting policy on refugees from encampment to other models. It particularly focuses on what contexts, and in response to what drivers and arguments, have host countries shifted from an encampment to a more relaxed refugee policy regime.

21 October 2016