Prof Kate Bird

Kate is Director of The Development Hub, Professor of Practice at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Surrey, Senior Research Associate with ODI and Associate with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network. She brings over 25 years experience to her work designing and leading multidisciplinary research, training and advisory work.

As a socio-economist with a deep knowledge of mixed methods research, and interests in the livelihoods and coping strategies of the poorest, enabling resilience and sustained escapes from poverty, gender and bottom up growth, Kate has skills which make her unusual in the sector, as she brings together the interests of an economist with the research tools of economics, anthropology and sociology.

Kate has worked as a trainer and educator with development professionals across the sector and on topics ranging from policies for poverty reduction through to research methods to decolonising development. She has strong presentational and mentoring skills supported by professional qualifications and experience designing and leading courses ranging from one day intensive workshops through to masters programmes.

Kate has provided advisory services to organisations including DFID/ FCDO, Danida, the EU, GIZ and UN agencies on projects ranging from programme evaluations of donor aid portfolios and microfinance organisations to social assessments of pro poor growth investments to providing technical guidance.

You can access Kate’s CV here.