Gender Research Coordinators

Each CGIAR Research Program has an appointed Gender Research Coordinator (GRC) who provides strategic direction for the gender research and related activities within that program. The GRCs work closely with all gender scientists and those doing gender-integrated research in their program. The Gender Platform convenes meetings with GRCs on an ad-hoc basis to discuss issues that may be of interest system-wide and to get input on upcoming gender research, events and activities. Contact your GRC for updates and more information!

 

Cynthia McDougall

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Fish

Gender Research Leader for WorldFish

Cynthia McDougall is the Gender Research Leader for WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on Fish (‘FISH’). She is an interdisciplinary social scientist with over 20 years of experience in food security, gender and social equity, and natural resource governance. In her current role, she leads gender mainstreaming, as well as gender strategic and transformative research,  in the FISH’s aquaculture, fisheries and nutrition research in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Her particular interest is in interdisciplinary mixed methods, and participatory and participatory action research approaches and how these can leverage transformative and sustainable shifts towards empowerment, equality, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security and sustainability. Dr McDougall holds a BA Hons (Political Science and Development Studies) from Trent University in Canada, an MPhil (Geography) from Cambridge University in the UK, and a PhD (Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Esther Njuguna-Mungai

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Grain, Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)

Gender Specialist at the International Centre for Research in Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Esther Njuguna-Mungai is a social scientist, currently working as the Gender Specialist at the International Centre for Research in Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), East and Southern Africa Program. She is coordinating a portfolio of research that seeks to understand the ‘Gender Yield Gap’, ‘Women participation in agricultural value chains, ‘interface between gender research, women and crop breeding/seed systems processes’ ‘Gender Norms’ ‘and capacity enhancement for gender research implementation’ in Sub Saharan Africa. She has been working with male and female smallholder farmers since 1996. She is a graduate of Wageningen University and Research Centre (Agricultural Development – Msc) and University of Nairobi – (Agricultural Development and Economics) – PhD.

Hazel Malapit

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Senior Research Coordinator at the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Hazel Malapit is a Senior Research Coordinator at the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She coordinates research, training and technical assistance on the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), manages and coordinates the integration of gender into the research of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), and conducts research on gender, women’s empowerment, agriculture, health and nutrition issues. Before joining IFPRI, she held the Herman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009-2010, and conducted research on gender, labor market and data issues at the World Bank’s Gender and Development unit (PRMGE). She received her MA in Economics from the University of the Philippines, and her PhD in Economics from American University.

 

Katrina Kosec

Gender Reserach Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)

Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 

Katrina Kosec is a Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she is Theme Leader for Public Investment. She is an applied microeconomist working at the intersection of development economics, political economy, and public economics. Her research focuses on the linkages between governance, public investment, and poverty. One strand of work investigates the impacts of decentralization and local political competition on growth, environmental investments, tax policy, and public service provision. A second considers individual aspirations, including what drives them and how they influence economic, political, and social behaviors and opinions. A third considers the drivers and impacts of migration, including the roles that both economic factors and institutions play in shaping decisions surrounding locations and sectors of employment. Katrina holds a Ph.D. in Political Economics from Stanford University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Economics.

Liza Debevec

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) 

Senior Researcher, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Liza Debevec is the Interim Gender Youth and Inclusivity coordinator for WLE. She’s a social anthropologist that also contributes to IWMI’s Research group on Gender and Governance and coordinates MARIS Network. She has been working in Sub Saharan Africa since 2000 and is currently based in IWMI’s East Africa and Nile Basin office.

Lone Badstue

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Programs MAIZE and WHEAT

Research Theme Leader for Gender and Social Inclusion at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Lone Badstue is a Social Anthropologist specializing in local people’s perspectives in relation to rural development, agriculture and natural resources management. She is the Research Theme Leader for Gender and Social Inclusion at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, CIMMYT, and Gender Research Coordinator for CRPs MAIZE and WHEAT. Badstue is furthermore the project leader for GENNOVATE, a qualitative, comparative research initiative on gender norms, agency and innovation in agriculture and natural resource management. Her research interests include actor oriented approaches, gender and social heterogeneity, socio-economic perspectives in relation to crop genetic resources, crop improvement and seed systems, local knowledge and technology diffusion processes, local livelihoods and farmer decision making.

Marlène Elias

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

Gender Specialist at Bioversity International 

Marlène Elias is a Gender Specialist at Bioversity International and Gender Research Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. She leads gender research and supports gender integration in Bioversity’s work on forest genetic resources, with emphasis on strengthening the capacities of Bioversity staff to conduct participatory, gender-responsive research that will deliver positive and equitable benefits to men and women beneficiaries.

Marlène has a BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences, and an MA and PhD in Geography. Rooted in a feminist political ecology approach, her research focuses on gendered dimensions of forest management and restoration, local ecological knowledge(s), and forest/agri-food value chains, predominantly in West Africa and South and Central Asia.

Before joining Bioversity, Marlène conducted research on gender, forest-based livelihoods, and tree resource management in Latin America and Africa. Among other positions, she has worked in UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality and as a Fellow in the Department of Anthropology of Université Laval in Canada. She is the founder of the NGO Association Burkina Canada that facilitates education to underprivileged girls and boys in Burkina Faso.

Marlène is based in Rome, Italy.

Nicoline de Haan

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock

Senior researcher and leader for the gender team at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Nicoline de Haan is a senior researcher and the leader of the gender team at ILRI. She has over 15 years of expertise in gender, rural livelihoods, agriculture, and natural resource management. In her present position she is responsible for leading the work on gender and livestock to ensure equitable development. Before ILRI, she lead the work on gender, poverty and institutions under the CGIAR program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) examining the implications of inequity in access and control over natural resources, and finding options to ensure inclusive benefit sharing. In her previous position at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) she led the global socio-economic team on animal health, where her main responsibility was reducing the impact of animal diseases on the livelihoods of smallholders. She has a master’s in development sociology from Wageningen Agricultural University, and a PhD in rural sociologist from University of Missouri, Colombia.

 Ranjitha Puskur

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Rice

Research Theme Leader of ‘Innovation for Health, Equity and Resilience’ at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Ranjitha Puskur is a Senior Scientist leading the R4D theme ‘Innovation for Health, equity and Resilience (HER)’ at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). She has a background in agricultural innovation systems and gender with 18 years of AgR4D experience in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. She has been part of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) since 2002, working at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) where she led the research team working on ‘Innovation in livestock systems’ and, WorldFish where she led the gender research program. Her work focuses on generating knowledge, learning and evidence that can translate into technical and institutional innovation and lead to more equitable outcomes for women and other marginalized social groups in agriculture.

Sophia Huyer

Gender Research Coordinator and Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS)

Director of Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT)

Sophia Huyer is Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader of the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) as well as Director of Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT). She has engaged in research and policy analysis on global gender equality issues relating to science, technology and sustainable development for over 20 years. She was with the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (GAB-CSTD) until 2014, as well as Senior Advisor to the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) from 2009-2013. Major publications include the chapter “Is the gender gap narrowing in science and engineering?” in the UNESCO Global Science Report 2015; co-author of the chapter “Agriculture, Food Security and Future Earth” in the forthcoming book Global Change and Future Earth published by Cambridge University Press, and the UNCTAD report Applying a Gender Lens to Science, Technology and Innovation (2011). More recently she served as Guest Editor on the special issue on Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture of Gender, Technology and Development. Sophia held a Fulbright Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development. She received her Ph.D. from York University in Toronto.

Vivian Polar

Gender Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB)

Vivian Polar, a Bolivian national, holds a PhD. in Finance and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London, UK and a MSc. In Sustainable Rural Development in Universidad Autónoma de Tomas Frías, Bolivia. She also has a degree in agriculture from Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia.

She brings over 15 years of experience working directly with farmers and indigenous groups in rural communities, in agricultural technology innovation, adaptation to climate change, and food security. She has skills in project design, monitoring and evaluation and gender analysis in developing countries.

Vivian joins RTB after working as Technical Manager of PROINPA Foundation for the Altiplano Regional Office and also working as consultant for several well-known institutions such as the International Potato Center, Swiss Contact, World Bank, Samaritan’s Purse, and Bioversity International.