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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 currently oversee and lead communication and engagement strategy and implementation for the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) and the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) research programme.

Communication, marketing and online content development

When I begun working on Communications and Engagement work over ten years ago, I was seconded to The Guardian, contributing to the development and launch of its award-winning Guardian Global Development site.

Since then I have gained considerable experience in social media engagement and content development, including:

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 communication output design and production

I have 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 alternative visual formats such as infographics and animations.

Here are some examples of infographics:

Here are some examples of animations:


I have been at IDS since May 2007 and have been working on communications, engagement and impact from 2010.  I was elected as a staff trustee to the IDS Board (from June 2016 to July 2019).

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.



Participatory Research on Reintegration in Bangladesh and Cambodia

This research project is led by Eric Kasper of the cities cluster and funded by Winrock and USAID. Phase one What constitutes successful reintegration for survivors of trafficking in persons (TIP) and what can various stakeholders do to increase the likelihood of successful...


Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID)

The Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) provides research evidence and delivers practical programmes which aim to redress the impact of discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, tackle poverty and exclusion, and promote people’s wellbeing and...


Balancing unpaid care work and paid work

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...


Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility

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.



Trump, Xi and a post-Western World

With two of the world's most powerful leaders, President Trump and President Xi, now planning to meet, it's a good time to reflect on the possible decline of the West’s hold on international politics and the rise and influence of the East on global governance.

14 March 2017


Emilie Wilson’s recent work


Why religious inequalities can lead to trafficking and forced labour

On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the IDS-led Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) is sharing new evidence on how social, political and economic marginalisation as well as physical and psychological violence resulting from religious inequalities can feed...

30 July 2021


New website on religious inequalities and inclusive development

The IDS-led Coalition for Religious Equalities and Inclusive Development (CREID) is launching a new programme website which shares over 200 resources including news, views, videos, podcasts and publications generated by the programme since its launch in 2018. Until today, CREID resources were...

17 June 2021


Hindu and Christian women a target for forced conversions in Pakistan

Last year, the IDS-led CREID programme shared alarming findings on a largely unreported phenomenon – “ideologically motivated sexual grooming”, described in its paper on ‘Invisible Targets’. Earlier this month, 13-year old Kavita Oad was sadly yet another girl from a poor Hindu family...

26 March 2021