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Caroline Harper

Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion programme, Principal Research Fellow

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Portrait of Caroline Harper

Dr Caroline Harper is a Principal Research Fellow and Director of ODI’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion programme. She is an anthropologist with 30 years’ experience in research, qualitative and participatory research methods, research management, policy analysis and advisory work.

Caroline leads work on gendered social norms and culture change, and on adolescence and the achievement of critical capabilities.

Caroline works on a number of projects including ALIGN, which brings together global research on discriminatory and harmful gender norms, and GAGE, a longitudinal global research and evaluation study on gender and adolescents.

Interests also include chronic and inter-generational poverty, childhood, exclusion and empowerment with the aim of building a critical and policy relevant knowledge base and empowering researchers and activists with skills, evidence and capacity to act on findings locally and globally.

She lived and worked for 10 years in East Asia and has worked for NGOs, multi-and bi-laterals in East, Central and SE Asia and Africa.

  1. Is no space safe? Working to end gender-based violence in the public sphere

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Institutional misogyny is a threat to reproductive justice everywhere

  3. Women's organisations and feminist mobilisation: supporting the foundational drivers of gender equality

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. 5 ways to unlock feminist activism

  5. Global feminist experiences of mobilising for norm change

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Does marching for change, change anything? Why mobilising against male violence changes everything

  7. Mobilising for change: how women’s social movements are transforming gender norms

    Research reports

  8. Generation Equality Forum: how to shift power for a gender-just world

  9. Gender, power and progress: how norms change

    Research reports

  10. Covid-19 – why gender matters

  11. Why look back? It's not where we are going: the value of history in understanding gender and development

    Working papers

  12. Historical lessons on gender norm change, with case studies from Uganda and Nepal

    Briefing/policy papers

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


  14. Caroline Harper on changing gender norms

  15. Six global trends to watch in 2020

  16. Breaking harmful gender norms in health practices and systems


  17. Does non-formal education have lasting effects?


  18. Gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities (2019)


  19. Changing gender norms for women's economic empowerment


  20. ALIGN webinar: cross-country perspectives on gender norms