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Maria Stavropoulou

Senior Research Officer

Portrait of Maria Stavropoulou

Maria’s research focuses on gender and adolescence as part of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme. She holds an MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a second MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Maria started as an intern for UNHCR working first with asylum seekers in Greece and later with refugees in Zambia. Before joining ODI, she carried out policy research and advisory work as an independent consultant for a range of international development organisations including UN agencies (FAO, UNGEI, UN Women), government departments (DFAT, DFID, Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation), NGOs (International Alert, Plan International), private donors (Hewlett Foundation) and research bodies (ReBUILD Consortium). Her main research interests include gender, youth, poverty, vulnerability and social protection and she has produced various research outputs from thematic reports and country evidence gap maps to literature reviews and journal papers. She is passionate about people-centred approaches in research and more socially, just development outcomes.

  1. World Food Programme cash assistance in Lebanon: social cohesion between Syrian refugees and host communities

    Research reports

  2. World Food Programme cash assistance in Lebanon: protection outcomes for Syrian refugees

    Research reports

  3. 'We can change our destiny': an evaluation of Standard Chartered’s Goal programme

    Research reports

  4. Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities

    Toolkit/guidelines

  5. Family, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health in Cuba: the role of social norms

    Research reports

  6. ‘The woman in the house, the man in the street’: young women’s economic empowerment and social norms in Cuba

    Research reports

  7. Sexual health and economic empowerment of young women and girls in Cuba: exploring the role of social norms

    Working papers

  8. Gender norms, health and well-being

    Toolkit/guidelines

  9. Reconstruction plans in Syria must be a priority at Brussels pledging conference – statement and experts available

    Press Release

  10. Gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities (2019)

    Toolkit/guidelines

  11. Brussels Conference on Syria: four issues donors must prioritise next week

  12. Programming with adolescent boys to promote gender-equitable masculinities: a rigorous review

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Interventions promoting adolescent girls' economic capabilities: what works?

    Research reports

  14. Adolescents with disabilities: enhancing resilience and delivering inclusive development

    Research reports

  15. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Ethiopia: the state of the evidence

    Other

  16. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Ethiopia: the state of the evidence on programme effectiveness

    Other

  17. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Ethiopia: a synopsis of the evidence

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Rwanda: the state of the evidence

    Other

  19. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Rwanda: the state of the evidence on programme effectiveness

    Other

  20. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Rwanda: a synopsis of the evidence

    Briefing/policy papers