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Vivienne Benson

Communications and Impact Manager

Vivienne Benson is the Communications and Impact Manager in the Knowledge, Impact and Policy Cluster. She leads the communications for a portfolio of projects and programmes and manages a team of research communications and impact specialists. She has worked on a range of issues within the sector including health and nutrition, child labour and gender equality with a focus on translating evidence and knowledge into accessible and engaging communications to achieve sustainable impact.



Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...


Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform aims to establish networks of social scientists with regional and subject expertise to rapidly provide insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication...


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...



Five steps to telling stories of impact

Stories are an intrinsic part of how we raise awareness, generate understanding and build engagement with the universal development challenges and our work to help those marginalised, living in poverty or with injustice globally. This makes the way we ‘tell’ stories about impact vital as a...

27 October 2021


IDS Joins the Health Systems Global Team

Ahead of the fourth Global Symposia on Health Systems Research (HSR2016) hosted by Health Systems Global (HSG) in Canada, November, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has taken on the role to provide communications for HSG and the Global Symposia.

29 February 2016



Providing Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Nepal

ESRC-DFID Research Impact

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 is to ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. However, inadequate energy supply continues to hinder social and economic development in Nepal. Despite a wealth of renewable energy potential – particularly with...

1 December 2019

Vivienne Benson’s recent work


Meet the new SSHAP Fellows

Meet the new Social Science Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) fellows from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and Asia. The fellows will have the benefit of working closely with leading thinkers and practitioners from within the SSHAP partnership. SSHAP is delighted to launch its...

30 April 2021


How innovations are improving the lives of people with disabilities

It is essential that we test new and innovative ways to reach people with disabilities in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. On World Creativity and Innovation Day, we are highlighting how Inclusive Futures is trialling new approaches to improve the lives of people with...

21 April 2021


Research funders urged to take a collective approach to support impact

This week research funders will be urged to take a new approach to engaging evidence with policy that values collaborations and learning. As the world continues to be gripped by a pandemic that has prompted renewed political commitment to “following the science” a report from the Impact...

23 February 2021