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Helen Dempster

Assistant Programme Director for Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy, Center for Global Development

Portrait of Helen Dempster

Helen has undergraduate degrees in law, policy, and international relations from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and an MSc in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh.

Helen specialises in research communications and policy development, with experience working in Kenya, Uganda, and Mexico. Her research interests cover capacity building, public sector governance, service delivery, and central-local relations.

  1. As the world rapidly ages, we need more migrant care workers

  2. Migration and the future of care: supporting older people and care workers

    Research reports

  3. Staffing shortages in the UK’s care sector: a sign of things to come

  4. Public attitudes towards immigration and immigrants: what people think, why, and how to influence them

    Working papers

  5. 163 states just approved the Global Compact for Migration. Now what?

  6. Innovative proposals to enhance migration for development


  7. The pros and cons of creating research-based long-forms

  8. Global Compact for Migration: from political to practical


  9. At the crossroads: making Nairobi safer and more efficient


  10. Securing safe roads: the politics of change

    Research reports

  11. Evidence doesn’t work in the migration public debate

  12. ODI at the Global Forum on Migration and Development


  13. Understanding public attitudes towards refugees and migrants

    Working papers

  14. Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia

  15. What do those new to ‘doing development differently’ need to know?

  16. What does ‘doing development differently’ really mean?

  17. How do we know if we are 'doing development differently'?

  18. Doing development differently: who we are, what we're doing and what we're learning


  19. Migration to Europe: latest statistics and new trends

  20. The new refugees and migration reports you need to read