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Emilie Wilson

Communications and Impact 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 in its first year, 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:

Background

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.

Research

Project

Covid-19 Learning, Evidence and Research Programme for Bangladesh (CLEAR)

The Covid-19 Learning, Evidence and Research Programme (CLEAR) is a 2.5 year FCDO-funded programme to support an evidence-informed Covid-19 response and recovery in Bangladesh. The pandemic has disrupted production in agriculture, industry and the informal sector- creating a new class of poor....

Project

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...

Programme

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...

Project

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...

Opinions

Opinion

7 principles for doing meaningful research communications

At IDS, we believe that evidence-based research plays a vital role in bringing about a more equitable and sustainable world. And to achieve this, we are committed to communicating research beyond academic audiences and journal articles. However, we are very aware of the responsibility we...

15 February 2022

Publications

Emilie Wilson’s recent work