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Carmen Leon-Himmelstine

Research Fellow

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Portrait of Carmen Leon-Himmelstine

Dr Carmen Leon-Himmelstine has a PhD in International Development with a focus on social protection and migration. She has extended research and fieldwork experience in East and West Africa, South America and the Caribbean, and East Asia. Topics of interest include: social protection, migration, rural livelihoods, health and childhood poverty, from a gender norms and intersectionality lens.

Her research expertise lies in the linkages and mutual impacts between social protection and migration, including Conditional Cash Transfers and Graduation programmes, having conducted primary research in Haiti (CLM programme), Burundi (Terintambwe programme) and Mexico (Oportunidades programme).

She has extensive research skills collecting secondary and primary data using a variety of research methods including: in-depth and life history interviews, focus group discussions, and a range of participatory rural appraisal techniques.

Carmen has considerable experience of working with a wide range of donors, managing and delivering multi-year research programmes, with a strong publication record ranging from academic articles, reports and literature reviews, to policy briefs and conference papers. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

  1. Normes sociales et changement de comportement autour des MGF et du mariage des enfants au Mali

    Literature reviews

  2. Combattre les normes de genre autour de l’E/MGF et du mariage des enfants au Mali


  3. Fighting on two fronts: climate justice and gender rights


  4. What would an inclusive and fair COP26 have looked like?

  5. 'Let's learn together': co-creating mental health solutions with adolescents in Tanzania and Viet Nam

    Case/country studies

  6. Global feminist experiences of mobilising for norm change

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents in Tanzania

    Research reports

  8. Our thoughts on COP26 – reflections on the Glasgow Climate Pact

  9. 'I am not at peace': Covid-19 impacts on mental health of adolescents in Tanzania

    Case/country studies

  10. Young women in the agricultural sector in Uganda: lessons from the Youth Forward Initiative

    Research reports

  11. Sisterhood and beyond: how to uphold momentum on feminist change

  12. Sisterhood and beyond: keeping up momentum on feminist change


  13. Six ways to strengthen evidence to protect children on the move

  14. Drivers of and protective factors for mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents: a snapshot from Tanzania and Viet Nam

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. ‘What works’ to protect children on the move: five insights from across the globe

  16. Unintended pregnancies and HIV among adolescents and young people: a situation analysis of Homa Bay, Kenya

    Research reports

  17. Rapid evidence assessment: what works to protect children on the move?

    Research reports

  18. Frameworks and tools to measure and evaluate mental health and psychosocial well-being

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Non-digital interventions for adolescent mental health and psychosocial well-being: a review of the literature

    Working papers

  20. Decolonising international development

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