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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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Research

Project

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture (ACHA) is a seven-year, DFID-funded research programme that started in January 2020. The aim of the programme is to build evidence on: the forms, drivers, and experiences of children’s harmful work in African agriculture; ...

Centre

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.

Project

Linking Participation and Economic Advancement

In this project, IDS will draw upon and expand its rich experience at the forefront of thinking about participation in development, and our emerging work at the intersection of participation and markets. We will co-create along with the Economic Advancement Program (EAP) at the Open Society...

Opinions

Publications

Report

Adaptive Management in SDC: Challenges and Opportunities

Adaptive management (AM) is a programme management approach that helps international development organisations to become more learning-oriented and more effective in addressing complex development challenges. AM practices have been applied for decades within other sectors as varied as...

1 January 2020

Publication

Guidance Note on Scaling Up Social Norm Change

K4D Emerging Issues Report

This is a guidance note on how DFID can support the scale-up of inclusive approaches to complex social change for marginalised and vulnerable groups. It looks at how to scale up approaches to shift social norms that underpin behaviours preventing particularly women, girls and people with...

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Becky Carter & 2 others

25 November 2019

Marina Apgar’s recent work