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Nicola Jones

Principal Research Fellow

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, ODI MED, ODI Europe

Portrait of Nicola Jones

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 well-being in a time of crisis: assessing SDG progress during covid-19 and priorities for a resilient recovery for adolescents and youth

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. ‘The School Was Closed, So When They Brought Me A Husband I Couldn’t Say No’: Exploring the Gendered Experiences of Child Marriage Amongst Adolescent Girls and Boys in Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  3. Supporting resilience among young people at risk of child abuse in Ethiopia: The role of social system alignment

    Journal issue/article

  4. Finding the Hard to Reach: A Mixed Methods Approach to Including Adolescents with Disabilities in Survey Research

    Book/book chapter

  5. Adolescents in Humanitarian Crisis

    Book/book chapter

  6. Adolescent well-being in the time of covid-19

    Research reports

  7. Effective policies and programming to promote adolescent well-being: Lessons from the background papers

    Research reports

  8. Promoting Ethiopian women’s economic rights by addressing the antecedents of gender inequality in adolescence

    Book/book chapter

  9. Adolescent experiences in Chittagong and Sylhet divisions, Bangladesh

    Research reports

  10. Adolescent access to health services in fragile and conflict-affected contexts: The case of the Gaza Strip

    Journal issue/article

  11. Multi-Level Programming Aimed at Gender Norms Transformation to Improve Capabilities of Young Adolescents in Ethiopia: A Cluster Randomized Control Trial

    Toolkit/guidelines

  12. Covid-19 phone survey (round 2) in Ethiopia

    Toolkit/guidelines

  13. Betwixt and Between: Adolescent Transitions and Social Policy Lacunae in Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  14. Transforming gender norms through life-skills programming in rural Ethiopia: short-term impacts and emerging lessons for adaptive programming (Oromia case study)

    Research reports

  15. Transforming gender norms through life-skills programming in rural Ethiopia: short-term impacts and emerging lessons for adaptive programming (Amhara case study)

    Research reports

  16. ‘Some got married, others don’t want to attend school as they are involved in income-generation’: adolescent experiences following covid-19 lockdowns in low- and middle-income countries

    Research reports

  17. Transforming gender norms through life-skills programming in rural Ethiopia: short-term impacts and emerging lessons for adaptive programming (Afar case study)

    Research reports

  18. Exploring changing patterns in adolescents’ access to education and learning in Ethiopia: policy and programming implications from the GAGE midline findings

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. ‘My husband can go to work and I will go to my school’: exploring changing patterns in adolescents’ access to education and learning in Ethiopia

    Research reports

  20. Empowering adolescents through an integrated programming approach: exploring the effects of UNICEF’s Makani programme on Dom adolescents’ well-being in Jordan

    Briefing/policy papers

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