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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. How to confront race and racism in international development

  2. Covid-19: an opportunity to shift power in research

  3. How can Covid-19 be the catalyst to decolonise development research?

  4. Covid-19 and health: five expert views

  5. Enhancing women-focused investments in climate and disaster resilience

    Research reports

  6. Covid-19 – why gender matters

  7. The role of graduation programming in promoting early childhood development: an overview of the evidence


  8. Five ways to change gender norms in unpaid care and domestic work

  9. Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities


  10. Safe ride: tackling gender norms and preventing sexual harassment on public transportation


  11. Findings from a WE-Care project final evaluation: January 2020

    Research reports

  12. We won’t get women out of poverty until we leave behind ‘one-size-fits-all’ interventions

  13. Scaling up innovation in health

    Research reports

  14. Sexual health and economic empowerment of young women and girls in Cuba: exploring the role of social norms

    Working papers

  15. ‘Healing young hearts’: emotional and psychosocial dimensions of well-being among young-adult Spanish migrants


  16. Graduating out of poverty across generations: unpacking children’s well‐being trajectories in Burundi

    Research reports

  17. What is the state of evidence on the impacts of cash transfers on poverty, as compared to remittances?

    Working papers

  18. Social protection and HIV: global literature review

    Research reports

  19. How does access to social protection programmes affect the decision to migrate?

    Working papers

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