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Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Research Fellow

Dr Rachel Sabates-Wheeler is a Development Economist with extensive experience in rural development, institutional analysis and social protection, including 2.5 years leading research on Land Policy in Albania.  Rachel is also Leader of the Rural Futures Cluster.

Rachel is now a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex since 2001, and a Director of the Centre for Social Protection since 2006. Prior to coming to IDS Rachel’s geographic research focus was primarily in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Since joining IDS she has worked with poverty analysis work relating to PRSPs, social protection and migration in over 7 African countries.

At IDS, Rachel was the Director of the MPhil in Development Studies between 2003 and 2007. She has published on issues of rural institutions in post-soviet transitions, law and development, social protection in Africa, migration and poverty, and has worked for numerous international agencies, including DFID, EC, SIDA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, ILO, the Land Tenure Center and the World Bank.

Rachel is a Senior Researcher with the Migration, Globalization and Poverty Research Centre, Sussex, leading research on social protection and migration as well as poverty-migration linkages. She is currently involved in a number of studies that explore understandings of risk and vulnerability both conceptually and empirically and is writing a book on migration and social protection.

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler’s recent work

Working Paper

The Role of Cash Transfers in Social Protection, Humanitarian Response and Shock-Responsive Social Protection

Published by IDS

Cash transfers have expanded rapidly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) around the world in the past decade. The contexts in which they are implemented have also diversified; while cash transfers were mostly adopted initially as central elements of social protection systems, they have become increasingly popular as a core component of humanitarian response.

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Keetie Roelen & 2 others

1 October 2018

Publication

Linking Social Rights to Active Citizenship for the Most Vulnerable: The Role of Rights and Accountability in the ‘Making’ and ‘Shaping’ of Social Protection

Published by UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

The rise of social protection into the limelight of social policy has opened up space for understanding how it can act as a key interface between states and citizens. This paper rethinks social protection through the lens of citizenship. It considers how the design and implementation of social protection can be shifted away from discretionary and technocratic forms, to forms which stimulate vulnerable citizens to make justice-based claims for their rights and demand accountability for the realization of those rights. It puts forward a conceptual framework for social protection with three modalities through which citizens can be engaged: as shapers and makers; as users and choosers; and as passive consumers.

1 October 2017