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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.

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Research

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.

Opinions

Opinion

Graduation – how to do it responsibly

Despite some evidence of success in terms of ‘graduating’ individuals out of poverty through graduation programmes, not all the attention has been positive. Keetie Roelen, Stephen Devereux and Rachel Sabates-Wheeler argue the need for 'responsible graduation'.

24 May 2016

Publications

Working Paper

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

Innocenti Working Paper;2017-14

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...

8 July 2019

Journal Article

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

The European Journal of Development Research

Social protection has the potential to provide a key interface between states and citizens. We consider how the institutional framing and design of social protection can be adapted from top-down forms of provision to forms that stimulate vulnerable citizens to make rights-based claims and...

8 July 2019

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler’s recent work

News

DFID funds programme on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

The majority of children’s work in Africa is within the agricultural sector. However, there is insufficient evidence on the prevalence of harmful children’s work across different agricultural value chains, farming systems and agro-ecologies. Furthermore, little is understood about the...

16 October 2019

Cluster

Cities

Cities have a distinctive role in development processes: they are focal points for economic growth, jobs and innovation but also for poverty, inequality, vulnerability and conflict. Although we can learn from historical processes of urbanisation, there are many new development elements...

Cluster

Health and Nutrition

The Health and Nutrition Cluster pursues programmes of research and policy engagement on health systems, nutrition and understandings of zoonotic diseases. The focus is on bringing a critical social science perspective to how people, especially the poor, address their health and...