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Kate Bird

Research Associate

Equity and Social Policy

Portrait of Kate Bird

Kate Bird has research and advisory expertise in poverty dynamics, enabling resilience, gender, rural livelihoods, pro-poorest growth and tracing the differential impact of policies and interventions. She has expertise in qualitative research methods and leading research and consultancy teams. Her Country expertise includes Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Kate Bird is a socio-economist with 25 years’ experience working on poverty, gender and growth. Before joining ODI she designed and led Birmingham University’s Poverty Reduction and Development Management Masters Programme and worked with the Food Security Programme at the Institute of Development Studies. Kate’s work takes a gendered perspective and her particular interests centre on poverty dynamics, enabling resilience, rural livelihoods and pro-poorest growth and tracing and evaluating the differential effects of policy change and interventions. Kate has substantial expertise designing and leading primary research using Q squared analysis. Her research and advisory work have focused focus mainly on low and lower middle-income developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Country expertise includes Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

  1. Leave No One Behind in progress to the Sustainable Development Goals: priority actions for governments by 2020

    Research reports

  2. Making our world fair happens one step at a time: how to fund progressive social change?

  3. Practical measures to enable the economic empowerment of chronically poor women

    Working papers

  4. Eradicating poverty: using poverty dynamics to enhance development efforts


  5. How to achieve the SDGs by 2030 – lessons from 50 case studies

  6. Lack of early action in the first 1,000 days of the SDGs could put goals in jeopardy – new report

    Press Release

  7. Women’s voice and leadership: assessing the evidence

    Research reports

  8. The long-term impact of war: the urgent challenge of sexual and gender based violence

  9. What makes Brazil the fairest BRIC of all?

    Press Release

  10. Building blocks for equitable growth: lessons from the BRICS

    Working papers

  11. Special Issue: Inheritance and the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty


  12. GSP graduation: will it reduce poverty?

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. The poverty impact of the proposed graduation threshold in the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) trade scheme

    Research reports

  14. Viet Nam's Progress on Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction: Impressive improvements

    Research reports

  15. Progress in economic conditions in Mauritius: success against the odds

    Research reports

  16. Improved economic conditions in Malawi: Progress from a low base

    Research reports

  17. Policy responses to the spatial dimensions of poverty

    Working papers

  18. Isolation and poverty: the relationship between spatially differentiated access to goods and services and poverty

    Working papers

  19. Spatial poverty traps: an overview

    Working papers

  20. Inheritance and the intergenerational transmission of poverty