My current research interests relate to how gender and social diversity affect the aspirations of different groups of women and men, as well as their treatment by social and economic policy, and their ability to achieve well-being. This has included recent research into how to define and measure time poverty as a critically 'gendered' dimension of ill-being, as well as research exploring how organizations promoting well-being approach the intersecting social identities (disability, gender, age and ethnicity) of the women and men, and girls and boys whom they are working with.
Julian Walker is the Co-Director of the MSc Programme in Social Development Practice, the Director of the DPU's Training and Advisory Services, and the Co-Director of the DPU's Gender Policy and Planning Programme
I am a social development practitioner, with a background in social anthropology. Starting with work on involuntary resettlement, my original interest in social development was focused on how 'social' impacts of infrastructure and economic development projects are defined and addressed, and how they can be managed to ensure more equitable outcomes, by promoting the active participation of affected citizens and the protection of their rights. This emphasis on equity has led me to also focus on issues of gender equality and social diversity more generally.
My social assessment work has included work with both donor funded infrastructure projects (in China and the Philippines) and private sector infrastructure projects in the oil and gas industry (in the Russian Federation and Egypt). My work on gender equality and social diversity has included support to development organizations which are working to bring a gender equality perspective to their interventions, including housing and infrastructure projects, rural livelihood projects and health programmes, with a specific focus on HIV/AIDS. I have carried out this programmatic work on gender equality with organizations working in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In addition my work has included support to the development of institutional strategies for mainstreaming gender equality into the work of multi-lateral and bi-lateral development agencies. A key component of this institutional capacity building work has been the development and implementation of training on gender policy and planning for development professionals.
- Capitalisation study on the mainstreaming of gender equality and HIV/AIDS into the Swiss Development Cooperation Tanzania Country Programme
- Co-facilitator on Swiss Development Cooperation supported conference on the ‘Capitalization of Gender in SDC’
- Development Theory from the Grassroots
- Evaluation of ILO Gender Equality in the World of Work
- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) European Commission on Agriculture (ECA) Working Party on Women
- Gender Backstopping mandate, SCD South Caucausus Programme
- Gender Equality Backstopping support for the Swiss Development Cooperation
- Gender Equality Strategy Development for the Swiss Development Cooperation in Tajikistan
- Gender Mainstreaming Training for United Nations Secretariat Staff
- Gender backstopping for SDC South Caucasus Regional Programme
- Gender evaluation of the (SDC/ SIDA funded) Swiss Red Cross KSSHP (Kyrgyz Swiss Swedish Health Project)
- HIV and AIDS and informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa
- Independent Social Monitor for Sakhalin Energy Project
- Pilot research on Disability, Social Identity and Well-Being
- Situational analysis for gender mainstreaming in the Swiss Development Cooperation country programme in Bosnia Herzegovina
- Social Impact Assessment for ERC Egyptian Refining Company
- Social Impact Assessment, China State Owned Enterprise Reform Project
- Social Impact Assessment, Sichuan Urban Environment Project
- Strategy development workshop for REPSSI
- Thematic Evaluation of the Integration of Gender in European Commission Co-Operation with Third Countries
- Training Impact Evaluation Methodology for UNHABITAT
- Urban infrastructure projects and displacement: how can engagement between civil society groups and planners protect the interests of the urban poor?
- Urbanisation Research Nigeria
- Workshop on Mainstreaming Gender and HIV/AIDS for partners of the Swiss Development Cooperation country programme in South Africa
Mondays 2pm – 4pm and Wednesdays 10am –12pm