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Nicola Jones

Principal Research Fellow

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
  • ODI Europe
Portrait of Nicola Jones

Nicola is the Director of the DFID-funded nine-year global mixed methods Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence research programme. Her expertise lies in the intersection of gender, age and social inclusion and social protection. She has conducted a wide range of policy research projects in East Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including recent mixed methods studies on child marriage in Ethiopia, gender-based violence in South Asia and cash transfers to support Palestine and Syrian refugees.

Nicola has a PhD in Political Science and specialises in research and advisory work on gender, childhood and youth, social policy and social protection. She has carried out work for a range of funders (AusAID, DFID, EU, FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, IDRC, GAVI Alliance, Oak Foundation, Plan International, Save the Children, UN Women and the World Bank) and her country expertise is broad, having worked in East and West Africa, Asia, Latin America and more recently in the MENA region. Nicola is currently Co-Director of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme, a nine-year DFID-funded longitudinal research programme building knowledge on good-practice programmes and policies that support adolescent girls in the Global South to reach their full potential. She has published widely including six books, more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as reports, policy briefs and short communication pieces.

  1. Adolescent girls’ and boys’ experiences of violence: evidence from Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Disrupted educational pathways: the effects of conflict on adolescent educational access and learning in war-torn Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  3. Crisis within crisis: the psychosocial toll of Lebanon’s economic and political turmoil on Syrian refugee adolescents

    Research reports

  4. Adolescents in the abyss of Lebanon’s worst economic crisis: a focus on Lebanese and Palestinian adolescents’ education, and voice and agency

    Research reports

  5. Sexual and reproductive health and rights in the era of COVID-19: a qualitative study of the experiences of vulnerable urban youth in Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  6. UNICEF Jordan’s Makani programme: supporting students, building resilience

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Exploring the patterning and drivers of FGM/C and child marriage in pastoralist Ethiopia: Baseline report from Afar and Somali regions

    Research reports

  8. Fast-tracking progress towards eliminating FGM/C and child marriage in pastoralist Ethiopia: priorities for policy and programming

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Improving menstrual health literacy through life-skills programming in rural Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  10. 'Each one of us has a dream': gender-responsive education and economic empowerment for refugee youth in Lebanon

    Research reports

  11. Youth economic security, skills and empowerment in Jordan

    Research reports

  12. ‘When I play football with my friends … there is no time that I feel sad’: an exploration of adolescents’ friendship networks in Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  13. Supporting adolescent mental health in humanitarian settings: To what extent do interventions consider climate change and its intersectional impacts?

    Journal issue/article

  14. Climate Risks and Truncated Opportunities: How Do Environmental Challenges Intersect with Economic and Social Disadvantages for Rohingya Adolescents in Bangladesh?

    Journal issue/article

  15. Making the “Unthinkable” Thinkable: Fostering Sustainable Development for Youth in Ethiopia’s Lowlands

    Journal issue/article

  16. Adolescent lives in Lebanon: what are we learning from participatory evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Adolescent lives in Bangladesh: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Adolescent lives in Ethiopia: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Adolescent lives in Cox's Bazar: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Adolescent lives in Jordan: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

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