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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 have been at IDS since May 2007, and began working as Communications Officer in 2010. In June 2016, I was elected as a staff member to the IDS Board of Trustees.

Communication, marketing and online content development

I was seconded to The Guardian in August 2010, contributing to the development and launch of the award-winning Guardian Global Development site.

Since then I have gained considerable experience in social media engagement and content development, including delivering in-house Writing for the Web and “Get Read! How to write and promote your blog” training, developing and launching the Impact and Learning blog (2011), leading on social reporting from the International Intiative for Impact Evaluation’s seminal Mind the Gap; From Policy to Impact conference in Cuernavaca, Mexico (2011), working on the dissemination and promotion of acclaimed IDS Bulletin New Roles for Communication in Development (2012) and awarded a CIM-accredited Diploma in Digital Marketing (2013-14).

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 publication design and production

Additionally, I have also 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 infographic format.

Here are some examples:

Knowledge management

Previously, I was the editor for the Eldis Manuals and Toolkits Eldis Resource Guide and the Middle East and North Africa regional page. I also co-ordinated the production of Eldis on CD-ROM (Eldis OnDisc).

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.



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



The Governance research cluster identifies the following sub-themes of research to ensure citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Taxation Understanding how taxation affects the quality of governance has implications for social justice,...


Power and Popular Politics

Using a power lens on all our work, we examine popular forms of contestation in particular of non-elites. We seek to pioneer new ways of working with community, activist, academic and professional co-researchers from both the global North and South, using qualitative, ethnographic and action...