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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

Jodie Thorpe is a Research Fellow in the Business and Development Centre, with over 15 years’ experience in research and advisory work. With a background in political science, her interests and current projects include public-private partnerships in agriculture, inclusive business, making markets work for the poor approaches and systemic change in business and development initiatives. She is interested in generating solid evidence and practical solutions that influence business leaders and policy-makers towards sustainable development.

Prior to joining IDS, Jodie was a Private Sector Adviser at Oxfam GB, undertaking research and analysis, developing policy positions and lobbying companies and governments on business and poverty issues, particularly related to agricultural investment and markets, small-scale farmers, climate change and natural resource use. She was also a Director at SustainAbility, a global think-tank and strategy consultancy on business risk and opportunities for sustainable development.

Jodie led the Emerging Economies programme and advised companies and organisations including Anglo American, Aracruz Celulose, Banco Real, Ford, Hindustan Unilever, the International Finance Corporation, Natura, Nestle, Tata Power and WWF.

Jodie holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Comparative Politics (Latin America) from the London School of Economics.

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Research

Project

DICE Collaboration Grant

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Jodie Thorpe of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) are partnering together to deploy the “ANDE/IDS Gender Inclusion and Investing for Brazilian SGBs in the Creative Economy” project. ANDE and IDS will engage with ecosystem...

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Business and Development Centre

The Business and Development Centre (BDC) brings together thinking from business, economics, political science and development studies to tackle critical questions on the role of business in development, focusing initially on agriculture, food and nutrition, the green economy and public health.

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Publications

Publication

SDC Thematic Working Aid: Employment & Income

There are 800 million people living below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day. They are primarily rural (80 per cent), poorly educated (39 per cent lack formal education) and living in large households with numerous children (44 percent are below 14 years of age). Alongside this...

1 January 2019

Working Paper

Inclusive Structural Change: Case Studies on Innovations in Breeding Practices in Kenya and Anti-Retroviral Therapy Service Provision in Mozambique

IDS Working Paper;505

Innovation, accompanied by structural change, is at the heart of economic growth and development. Yet there is limited evidence to understand interactions between innovation, structural change and inclusion in the context of low-income and emerging countries, or how these processes best support...

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Amrita Saha & 2 others

1 January 2018

Jodie Thorpe’s recent work