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Jo Howard

Research Fellow

Jo Howard is a Research Fellow based in the Participation Cluster, and an associate of the Cities Cluster. She also works closely with the Governance and Power and Popular Politics Clusters.

Her work focuses on participatory action research to support processes of empowerment, citizenship and inclusion with people living in poverty and marginalization, and participatory action learning processes with civil society and governmental organisations to strengthen how they work with marginalized groups.

She has worked in research since 2000, and her work spans the UK social policy field and the international development arena. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, and the Cities Research Centre, both at University of the West of England (2003-2012). Over the last 15 years she has worked with civil society and governmental partners in the UK, Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe and Africa, on topics ranging from women’s empowerment, state-civil society partnership working, citizen participation in service delivery, participatory local governance, innovation in public service delivery, and participatory approaches to monitoring and evaluation.

Jo is also Chair of the Editorial Board of the Community Development Journal.

Jo Howard’s recent work

Working Paper

Navigating Power and Intersectionality to Address Inequality

Published by IDS

This paper examines the drivers of inequality and social exclusion, especially discrimination, with a focus on how they intersect at the levels of family, community and local government institutions. The paper reviews current literature and emerging research, drawing on empirical work being...

1 December 2017


Participatory Accountability for the SDGs: Beyond Social Accountability

Published by IDS

People who are most marginalised need to participate in the monitoring and accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if the ‘leave no-one behind’ ambition is to be met. Participatory accountability is necessary for their realities to be understood and for their voices to be...

1 June 2017


Using Knowledge from the Margins to Meet the SDGs: The Real Data Revolution

Published by IDS

As efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gain momentum, we need to consider the inclusiveness of the data revolution. Knowledge from people living on the margins of society needs to be recognized, valued and embedded in the data to make visible the complex realities of their...

1 June 2017