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Rachel George

Research Fellow

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, ODI MED, ODI Europe

Portrait of Rachel George

Rachel works on a number of projects at ODI including ALIGN, which brings together global research on discriminatory and harmful gender norms, and the Regional Platform on Gender and Prevention of Violent Extremism in North Africa, funded by UN Women.

Rachel's research on legal and social change in the Middle East with a focus on women’s rights, children’s rights and civil and political rights in Islamic society has been published in a range of books, blogs and journals. This includes the International Journal of Law and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, the Routledge Handbook on the History of Human Rights, and as a chapter in The Arab Gulf States and the West: Perception and Realities – Opportunities and Perils. She has particular experience in qualitative and interview research and has worked on projects funded by Transparency International, UN Women, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors.

Rachel holds a BA in Political Science from Princeton University, an MA in Middle East Studies from Harvard University, and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She is currently coordinator for ODI’s Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN) project.

  1. Mobilising for change: how women’s social movements are transforming gender norms

    Research reports

  2. Protection and peace in conflict-affected contexts: understanding the intersections

    Working papers

  3. Intersecting exclusions: experiences of violence and displacement among LGBTQI+ communities in Kenya

    Research reports

  4. Intersecting exclusions: displacement and gender-based violence among people with diverse sexualities and gender identities in Kenya

    Literature reviews

  5. How President-elect Biden can show leadership in global human rights

  6. A post Covid-19 human rights agenda

  7. Gender, power and progress: how norms change

    Research reports

  8. Ending violence against children while addressing the global climate crisis

    Working papers

  9. Coronavirus has exposed the need to reform the United Nations

  10. Gender norms and women in politics: evaluating progress and identifying challenges on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Covid-19 – why gender matters

  12. What other sectors can show for women's leadership in Covid-19

  13. Politically informed approaches to gender in fragile and conflict-affected settings: insights from an expert meeting

    Working papers

  14. Historical lessons on gender norm change, with case studies from Uganda and Nepal

    Briefing/policy papers

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


  16. Gender and violent extremism: four points for coordinated action on the C/PVE agenda

  17. Many gains, but many miles to go: women in power since 1995

  18. Countering the caliphate in North Africa: three expert views on gender and the need for collective action

  19. Women at the forefront of Sudan’s political transformation: recommendations from a workshop on women’s rights, representation and resilience in a new Sudan

    Working papers

  20. Tackling gender norms through media