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Caroline Harper

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

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. How communications can change social norms around adolescent girls

    Research reports

  2. Global Girls Research Initiative reception

    Event

  3. Empowering girls: challenging harmful gender norms

    Event

  4. Knowledge to action glossary

    Toolkit/guidelines

  5. Communications to change discriminatory gender norms affecting adolescent girls

    Research reports

  6. Social norms, gender norms and adolescent girls: a brief guide

    Toolkit/guidelines

  7. What can gender indices tell us about gender norms that affect adolescent girls?

    Research reports

  8. How do gender norms change?

    Toolkit/guidelines

  9. How do we empower girls? Listen to them

  10. Making waves: media’s potential for girls in the Global South

    Event

  11. Does poverty drive violence against children?

    Event

  12. Adolescent girls and gender justice: Country reports - Year 2

    Research reports

  13. Unhappily ever after: the fight against early marriage

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Imagining a brave new world for girls

  15. Tackling discriminatory social norms to empower girls and women: lessons for a post-2015 framework

    Event

  16. Measuring women's empowerment and social transformation in the post-2015 agenda

    Research reports

  17. Inclusion matters: the foundation for shared prosperity

    Event

  18. Gender justice and social norms - processes of change for adolescent girls

    Research reports

  19. Adolescent girls and gender justice: Lessons learned and emerging issues from year 1

    Research reports

  20. Leave no girls behind – post-2015 and the empowerment of girls

    Event