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Research Guidelines for Development Practitioners

Oxfam's online research guidelines, first launched three years ago, have proved to be very popular. And three more guidelines have recently been added to the set: Conducting focus groups,  …


Posted on November 7, 2015 at 6:00pm

How livelihoods were saved in Pakistan's 2010 floods

In 2010 Pakistan suffered the worst floods in the country's history. Floodwaters inundated up to one-fifth of the country and affected 20 million people, destroying 1.6 million homes and leaving over 14 million people acutely vulnerable. Along with other international agencies, Oxfam responded as best as it could to…


Posted on May 30, 2014 at 8:44pm

Goodbye to Alison Redmayne, Mung'anzagala Semugongolwa

I've mentioned Alison Redmayne a number of times in my East African Notes and Records blog and will again, I hope. We first met at her house in north Oxford in February 1980 when I was planning doctoral research in …


Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:08am

Research in an INGO: Oxfam's new series of research guidelines

Interested in how an international NGO supports research? A couple of weeks ago Oxfam launched a series of online research guidelines, originally intended for its own staff and research partners, but now being made public for the first time. The following is a slightly edited version of a blog post I wrote to accompany the launch. The original is here:…


Posted on December 7, 2012 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments

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My current work as Global Research Adviser for Oxfam GB

I joined Oxfam GB’s Research Team in 2009, and take the lead in developing the capacity of staff worldwide to undertake and commission high quality research to support Oxfam’s campaigns, humanitarian responses, and development programmes. I work with a global network of researchers, and among other things am responsible for the provision of online resources (including research guidelines) and the development of links with the wider academic and NGO research communities. In 2011 I became a member of the expert panel for the social sciences (Main Panel C) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Before joining Oxfam, I worked for more than 20 years as a development consultant for a variety of agencies and organisations, including the Natural Resources Institute (1994-2003) in the Overseas Development Administration and then University of Greenwich. I've also been an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2004-10), and Research Fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies in the University of Sussex (1992-94). I trained as a social anthropologist, hold an MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and have lived in both Tanzania and Kenya.

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At 6:56pm on April 8, 2010, Rebecca McClung said…
At 5:50pm on December 1, 2009, Chuka Chuluunbat said…
What is chuka ethnozoology? : )
At 8:37pm on November 14, 2009, Richard Irvine said…
Hey Martin, hope you're well. Just wanted to ask, what's the context of the Foreshore Office photos from Southport? I am from that part of the world (well, from further down the Sefton coast in Bootle) and used to go to sixth form in Southport, so it's rather an interesting set of portraits to me.
At 3:44pm on October 13, 2009, Huon Wardle said…
Hi Martin, Missed your earlier request somehow, and have rectified the matter only now; thanks for your invite and am still enjoying your pictures.
At 11:29am on October 2, 2009, David Zeitlyn said…
Hello Martin
thanks for your note. Yes Roger B had warned me. They are duplicates tank gott
At 9:18am on September 8, 2009, Bob Gosford said…
You'll have to wait - even with Admin privileges I can't vote for you!
At 9:04am on September 8, 2009, Bob Gosford said…
the Yahoo site is 3 1/2 years old now and when I started it I knew stuff-all about this stuff - time to move on methinks - it is clunky, slow and something like Ning will encourage a bit more interaction...I hope
At 8:53am on September 8, 2009, Bob Gosford said…
I've just posted a Poll on the ERSG to see if people might want to move to something like Ning - seems a lot more technically complex but also more powerful and useful...
At 8:28am on September 8, 2009, Bob Gosford said…
newbie getting used to the idiosyncrasies of this you get two pelicans!
At 8:27am on September 8, 2009, Bob Gosford said…

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