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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 well-being in the time of covid-19

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Book/book chapter

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

    Journal issue/article

  5. Adolescent experiences in Chittagong and Sylhet divisions, Bangladesh

    Research reports

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

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

    Research reports

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

    Journal issue/article

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

    Research reports

  11. ‘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

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

    Research reports

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. ‘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

  15. 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

  16. ‘People consider us devils’: exploring patterns of exclusion facing adolescents with disabilities in Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  17. Exploring adolescent capabilities among the marginalised Dom community in Jordan

    Research reports

  18. Agency and empowerment for adolescent girls beyond Covid-19

    Event

  19. Sisterhood and beyond: keeping up momentum on feminist change

    Event

  20. Capturing the complexities of adolescent transitions through a mixed methods longitudinal research design

    Book/book chapter

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