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Marina Apgar

Research Fellow

Marina Apgar is a human ecologist with 20 years experience working directly with marginalised communities in international development across the research-practice divide supporting locally defined development pathways. She has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Latin America, and collaborated with the Guna people of Panama during her doctoral research that focused on the social and cultural processes that support adaptive capacity for endogenous development of their biocultural territory.

Throughout her work, Marina uses a systems approach to participatory action research and is passionate about understanding and facilitating the creative space between research processes and development outcomes through engaging in complex adaptive systems to support emergence.

Recently, Marina was a Knowledge Sharing and Learning Scientist at WorldFish, leading work on participatory action research in design and implementation of agricultural research planning, monitoring and evaluation and learning systems.

Her current reseach interests include resilence and climate change adaptation of indigenous peoples including forest communities and pastoralists, methodological development for putting complexity aware monitoring, evaluation and learning systems into practice and accompaniment of foundations and bilateral donors as they learn to improve their practice.

Languages: English; Greek; Spanish; Guna

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European Engagement Initiative

The European Engagement Initiative provides research focus on the universal development challenges that have a global dimension within a region undergoing geopolitical change. It recognises that now the UK is out of the European Union it is even more important for IDS to engage with partners,...


Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture (ACHA) is a seven-year research programme supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that started in January 2020. The aim of the programme is to build evidence on: the forms, drivers, and experiences of...


Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.



Innovating for inclusive rigour in peacebuilding evaluation

Inclusive and rigorous peacebuilding evaluation is both vital and complex. In this blog we share examples of how we are innovating our methodologies to move towards participatory and adaptive practice. The challenges of peacebuilding evaluation Peacebuilding processes and interventions are...

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Marina Apgar & 9 others

22 April 2022


Working Paper

Evaluating CLARISSA: Innovation Driven by a Participatory Learning Agenda

CLARISSA Working Paper 2

Children end up in child labour as a result of many, often unknown or hidden, interactions between multiple actors and multiple factors within households, communities, and labour systems, leading to unpredictable outcomes for children and other sector stakeholders and sometimes resulting in the...

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Marina Apgar & 6 others

25 June 2020

Marina Apgar’s recent work

Past Event

Revolutionising Development week

Inclusive Rigour: Learning for adaptation

In 2015 Robert Chambers advanced the idea of inclusive rigour for research and evaluation in response to complexity. Building on this and other resonant concepts, this session shows how the idea has been adapted and operationalised through experiences of research and evaluation practice, and...

26 April 2022