Biography

BIOGRAPHY


Dr Caitlin Scott is Lecturer in International Development Practice in the School of International Development (DEV). 

Career History

Prior to joining DEV in 2015, I worked both in and as consultant to a number of large and small NGOs. My work has focused on research with children, rights-based approaches to development, and monitoring and evaluation systems for development.

As a consultant, my assignments have included ranging from tools for situation analysis and strategic indicators, to wider research initiatives. This included being a lead researcher in an international study of children’s experience of poverty for ChildFund (USA), undertaking work in Kenya, Bolivia and India that focused on the multidimensional nature of children’s experiences of poverty.

My work within aid agencies has included Save the Children UK, where I worked within teams focusing on child protection systems and rolling out rights-based approaches across international programmes. In 2014-15 I worked for the Danish branch of Save the Children, Red Barnet, where I was responsible for the M&E systems for global Child Rights Governance programmes. Here I was involved in the development and piloting of a complexity-based approach to planning and monitoring, designed to suit advocacy programmes by allowing a more iterative approach to monitoring and programme management.


Academic Background
I hold an MA in Social Anthropology and an MSc in Social Research, both from the University of Edinburgh. 
My doctoral research in anthropology at Goldsmith’s College, London considered the experiences of street children in a reformatory institution in Colombia, and their trajectories to and from it.  My thesis examined issues of disciplinary practices, and children’s responses to these, as well as looking at questions of violence in relation to dominant models of masculinity, and wider ideas about structural violence.


 Teaching
I convene modules on development practice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervise work experience placements.
My current teaching includes:
• Development in Practice
• Critical Issues in Development Practice
• Development Work Experience
• Development Work Placement
• Latin American Development
• Advanced Methods in Impact Evaluation
Prior to working in DEV, I taught at both undergraduate and post graduate levels at Goldsmiths College London, SOAS London, and the University of Cambridge.


Research
My research interests include the ethnography of development policy and practice, and the impacts of results based management approaches for agency working cultures and results systems.
I recently started research into the project as a format in international development practice. This research explores how ‘the project’ as a form and its associated tools act as technologies that shape development interventions on a global scale. The research is investigating how projects are conceived of, planned and implemented across a range of development sectors and interventions.

With colleagues at UEA I recently participated in research in Great Yarmouth into the background to the Brexit vote of June 2016 holding a series of public events to explore both the issues and findings.

I am also working on a paper exploring the tensions inherent in state responsibility for funding children’s rights in contexts of global market systems and aid paradigms that focus on a small state. 
I maintain a strong interest in research methods for development, particularly the inclusion of children in development research and evaluation, and how research can support monitoring of programme effects at local levels. 

All Publications

Scott, C.

(2016)

Cultures of evaluation: tales from the end of the line,

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

8

(4)

pp. 553-560

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Research

My research interests include the ethnography of development policy and practice, and the impacts of results based management approaches for agency working cultures and results systems.

I am currently developing research on how children’s rights perspectives and agendas merge with children and communities understandings of accountability and responsibility for children.  I am also developing work on the tensions inherent in state responsibility for funding children’s rights in contexts of global market systems and aid paradigms focused on a small state.  

I maintain a strong interest in research methods for development, particularly the inclusion of children in development research and evaluation, and how research can support monitoring of programme effects at local levels.  I am currently undertaking research on the implications of codes of silence while doing fieldwork in contexts of violence and terror, drawing on my experiences of fieldwork in Medellin, Colombia.

 

Teaching Interests

Teaching

I convene modules on development practice at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, and supervise work experience placements. Current teaching includes the following modules:

  • Development in Practice

  • Critical Issues in Development Practice

  • Development Work Experience

  • Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis

  • Research Techniques and Analysis

 

Prior to working in DEV, I taught at both undergraduate and post graduate levels at Goldsmiths College London, SOAS London, and the University of Cambridge.