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Caroline Harper

Director of Programme, 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. Podcast series: transforming the world for girls

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

  3. The transformative potential of girls' education


  4. #GenderDay


  5. How communications can change social norms around adolescent girls

    Research reports

  6. Global Girls Research Initiative reception


  7. Empowering girls: challenging harmful gender norms


  8. Knowledge to action glossary


  9. Communications to change discriminatory gender norms affecting adolescent girls

    Research reports

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


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

    Research reports

  12. How do gender norms change?


  13. How do we empower girls? Listen to them

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


  15. Does poverty drive violence against children?


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

    Research reports

  17. Unhappily ever after: the fight against early marriage

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Imagining a brave new world for girls

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


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

    Research reports