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Rachel Marcus

Senior Research Fellow

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Portrait of Rachel Marcus

Rachel has 25 years’ experience as a social development researcher and practitioner.  She has particular expertise in conducting rigorous evidence reviews, with a focus on gender, childhood, youth and adolescence and social inclusion. Her main areas of thematic interest are social and gender norm change, education, skills and economic empowerment. She has also worked on social aspects of climate change and child protection.

In recent years she has led evidence reviews on non-formal education programmes to shift gender norms, gender and youth livelihoods development; gender equality in formal education; protection of child migrants; youth civic and political participation; and effective integration of anti-poverty and child protection programmes. She is a lead technical advisor for the ALIGN platform, which brings together research and innovation to challenge discriminatory and harmful gender norms and has undertaken various training assignments on social and gender norms. She also co-leads the evidence synthesis workstream for the Gender and Adolescence Global Evidence programme (GAGE). 

Before joining ODI, Rachel was an independent consultant, and has worked for DFID as a Social Development Advisor, and for Save the Children as a Research and Policy Advisor, where she served as Director of the Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre. As an independent consultant Rachel has undertaken assignments for Girl Hub on adolescent girls, for the World Bank and UNICEF on childhood, youth and social exclusion, and for DFID on youth and gender.  Rachel has worked in the following countries: Belize, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, India, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan and Tanzania.

  1. Data, tools and measurement: guide to recent resources

    Toolkit/guidelines

  2. Six ways to strengthen evidence to protect children on the move

  3. Drivers of and protective factors for mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents: a snapshot from Tanzania and Viet Nam

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. ‘What works’ to protect children on the move: five insights from across the globe

  5. Gender, power and progress: how norms change

    Research reports

  6. Rapid evidence assessment: what works to protect children on the move?

    Research reports

  7. Frameworks and tools to measure and evaluate mental health and psychosocial well-being

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. Non-digital interventions for adolescent mental health and psychosocial well-being: a review of the literature

    Working papers

  9. Innovations in quantitative measurement of gender norms

    Event

  10. Digital approaches to adolescent mental health: a review of the literature

    Working papers

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

    Working papers

  12. How far do parenting programmes help change norms underpinning violence against adolescents? Evidence from low and middle-income countries

    Other

  13. Covid-19 – why gender matters

  14. 'We can change our destiny': an evaluation of Standard Chartered’s Goal programme

    Research reports

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  16. Reducing gender inequalities in science, technology, engineering and maths

  17. What are the impacts of parenting programmes on adolescents?

    Other

  18. Does non-formal education have lasting effects?

    Other

  19. Social protection and gender norm change: an annotated bibliography

    Other

  20. Gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities (2019)

    Toolkit/guidelines