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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.



Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID)

The Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) will provide research evidence and deliver 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.


Impact Story

Reforming religious education curricula in Iraq

The Al-Khoei Foundation, a founding member of the IDS-led Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), has successfully engaged with religious leaders, teachers, headteachers and local education departments to initiate reforms to religious education in Iraq and address the...

17 September 2020

Impact Story

Hate speech monitoring helps raise alarm for Ahmadis in Pakistan

Members of the IDS-led Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) identified a spike in online hate speech towards Pakistan's Ahmadiyya community in April and May this year and rapidly mobilised to raise the alarm with international stakeholders, including the UN Special...

17 September 2020


Emilie Wilson’s recent work


Religious inequalities and the impact of Covid-19

CREID blogs, op eds and other non-academic and media friendly outputs (eg as videos) providing perspectives of the realities and experiences of religions minorities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath in Iraq, Pakistan and other countries.

27 September 2020


Invisible targets: time to focus on women and religious minorities

In the latest CREID Working Paper, published earlier this month, CREID Director Mariz Tadros sets out why we need to look at the intersecting inequalities affecting women from religious minorities. In her paper, Dr Tadros puts forward five propositions on why the experiences of religious...

24 September 2020


New podcast series on religious inequalities and development

The IDS-led Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) is launching a new podcast series looking at the interconnections between belonging to a minority faith or belief and social, political and economic inequalities. Launching ahead of the International Day...

21 August 2020