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Clare Castillejo

Research Associate

  • Politics and Governance
Portrait of Clare Castillejo

Clare is an expert on gender, rights and inclusion in fragile and conflict affected contexts, with 20 years’ experience of research, policy and programming in this area. Clare has worked on a broad range of themes including gender equality and social inclusion, conflict and peacebuilding, political reform, human rights, social development and migration and displacement.

Clare joined ODI as a Research Associate in 2016 and is also an Associate Researcher with the German Development Institute (DIE). She has previously worked with UN Women, FRIDE, DFID, UNDP and Amnesty International. In all her roles she has been responsible for developing and leading research projects and for providing policy advice and programming guidance. Clare has lived and worked in South Asia and also has strong experience in West Africa, Horn of Africa and Latin America. She has an MA in the Anthropology of Development from SOAS, University of London.

Clare's recent work includes leading an action research project on gender norm change in Sierra Leone; developing guidance for OECD donors on politically informed and adaptive approaches to gender in fragile and conflict affected states; evaluating UN Women’s work in the area of women, peace and security; leading a review of UNDP and World Bank support for peacebuilding in Colombia; and conducting research on EU migration policy in Africa. Clare has published widely on political change processes, human rights, gender and inclusion in fragile and conflict contexts and frequently presents her work within research and policy spaces.