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Catherine Grant - Research Officer

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Catherine Grant is a social scientist, her work focuses on international health, education and nutrition issues. She has an interest in zoonotic diseases and was recently part of an international interdisciplinary consortium focusing on four zoonotic diseases, each affected in different ways by ecosystem changes and having different impacts on people’s health, wellbeing and livelihoods. As part of this work she conducted fieldwork and participatory research focusing on zoonotic diseases in Africa.

Her recent research focused on the benefits of using participatory research in conjunction with traditional modelling methods to potentially improve disease research, control and management. The idea behind this work is that integrated approaches can lead to more realistic mathematical models which in turn can assist with making policy decisions that reduce disease and benefit local people. Currently, she works for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Health and Education Advice and Resource Team, which provides rapid response research support to time-pressured development practitioners and decision-makers in the areas of health, nutrition and education.

Catherine joined IDS in 2011, prior to this, she conducted research for and had management roles in several international development organisations, managed an NHS research department and monitored clinical trials. She has worked in international development for over a decade and has worked in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire and South Africa.

A five-year DFID-funded Evidence and Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme consortium led by IDS.

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HEART is a consortium of leading organisations in international development, health, nutrition, education, social protection and WASH.

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A STEPS-led consortium of researchers aiming to advance understanding of the connections between disease and environment in Africa, focusing on animal-to-human disease transmission..

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IDS publications on international development research

The Impact of School Health Programmes

This report focuses on the impact of school health programmes. School health programmes can cover both the prevention and treatment of disease and malnutrition in a school setting. More details

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The Contribution of Education to Economic Growth

There are many reasons why education is important and this report focuses on its contribution to economic growth and outcomes. More details

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Implementing Safeguard Policies in Infrastructure Programming

Access to infrastructure enables people to take advantage of economic opportunities and access markets, jobs, information and training. However, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, many hundreds of millions of people still lack access to electricity, transport and water and sanitation and inadequate infrastructure is consistently identified as a major barrier to doing business. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Family Planning Communications

This report looks at the evidence available on effective behaviour change communication for increasing the uptake of family planning methods. It provides information on several different methods. More details

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Benefits of Investing in Family Planning

This report focuses on the evidence on the health, economic and other benefits of investing in family planning. Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. A large and growing body of literature explores the social and economic benefits of women’s ability to use reliable contraception to plan whether and when to have children. More details

Zoonoses in Ghana

01 May 2013
By Catherine Grant

Thematic Expertise:
Education; Health; Zoonoses.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation.