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Rachel George

Research Fellow

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
  • ODI Europe
Portrait of Rachel George

Rachel George is a Research Fellow within the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion team at the Overseas Development Institute. She holds a PhD in International Relations and works on projects related to social norms and has research experience in the Middle East, with particular specialism in gender, international law, religion and human rights.

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. Women's organisations and feminist mobilisation: supporting the foundational drivers of gender equality

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Unlocking feminist activism


  3. Global feminist experiences of mobilising for norm change

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Challenging violence against women in public life

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Literature reviews

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

  10. A post Covid-19 human rights agenda

  11. Gender, power and progress: how norms change

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Covid-19 – why gender matters

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

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

    Working papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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


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