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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

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 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:

History

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 2019 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

Programme

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...

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...

Project

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.

Opinions

Opinion

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

Publications

Emilie Wilson’s recent work