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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. ALIGN guide to girls' clubs, empowerment programmes and how norms change

    Toolkit/guidelines

  2. Education and gender norm change

    Toolkit/guidelines

  3. Programming to promote gender-equitable masculinities among adolescent boys: key findings from a rigorous review

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Programming with adolescent boys to promote gender-equitable masculinities: a rigorous review

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. ALIGN Guide: Education and gender norms

    Toolkit/guidelines

  6. The norms factor: recent research on gender, social norms and women's economic empowerment

    Working papers

  7. Changing gender norms for women's economic empowerment

    Event

  8. Empowering adolescent girls in developing countries: gender justice and norm change

    Research reports

  9. Gender and youth livelihoods programming in Africa: building knowledge to improve practice

    Research reports

  10. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Rwanda: the state of the evidence on programme effectiveness

    Other

  11. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Bangladesh: the state of the evidence

    Other

  12. Adolescent girls’ capabilities in Bangladesh: the state of the evidence on programme effectiveness

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Podcast series: transforming the world for girls

  14. Girls' clubs and life skills programmes: positive potential, unanswered questions

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. GAGE rigorous review: girls' clubs, life skills programmes and girls' well-being outcomes

    Research reports

  16. Do anti-discrimination measures reduce poverty among marginalised social groups?

    Research reports

  17. Girls' learning and empowerment: the role of school environments

    Research reports

  18. Drivers of change in gender norms: An annotated bibliography

    Research reports