Els Lecoutere

Science Officer


Els Lecoutere is the Science Officer of the CGIAR GENDER Platform. In this role, she supports the Platform in strategically communicating high-quality evidence and to set high standards for gender research.

In past roles, she has studied the way unequal access to resources and power relations, including those shaped by gender, define the efficiency and equity of outcomes within households and common pool resource systems in the context of low and middle income countries. She has assessed the impact of interventions or policy that aim to create more equal opportunities. Her research has been situated at the intersection of feminist economics, development studies, and development economics.

Her background in development economics and demography, combined with a PhD of Political Sciences, has allowed her to approach her research in a multidisciplinary way, applying qualitative and quantitative methods, including field experiments and lab-in-the-field experiments.

She was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (2016-2018), participates in the Feminization in Agriculture initiative and was involved in research in the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), and Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).