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Caroline Harper

Principal Research Fellow, Director of Programme – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Leadership Team, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

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. Gender, power and progress: how norms change

    Research reports

  2. Covid-19 – why gender matters

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

    Working papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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


  6. Caroline Harper on changing gender norms

  7. Six global trends to watch in 2020

  8. Breaking harmful gender norms in health practices and systems


  9. Does non-formal education have lasting effects?


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


  11. Changing gender norms for women's economic empowerment


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


  13. Empowering adolescent girls in developing countries: gender justice and norm change

    Research reports

  14. Podcast series: transforming the world for girls

  15. Canada’s feminist aid agenda: brave but not radical

  16. The transformative potential of girls' education


  17. #GenderDay


  18. How communications can change social norms around adolescent girls

    Research reports

  19. Global Girls Research Initiative reception


  20. Empowering girls: challenging harmful gender norms