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My current work as Global Research Adviser for Oxfam GB

I joined Oxfam GB’s Policy 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 growing network of regional and national research coordinators, and am responsible for research skills training, the provision of online resources (including research guidelines), fund-raising for research, 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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Martin Walsh left a comment for Sarah Blackmun-Eskow
"Thanks -- sorry for the delay in connecting -- I haven't been checking OAC in recent months! Best wishes, Martin"
May 30
Martin Walsh replied to Erin B. Taylor's discussion Producing academic scholarship: If universities are failing, where else do we go? in the group The Anthropology of Anthropology
"There are parallels of course in applied anthropology, not least in the world of 'development' and dev studies. For resistance to the audit culture in development, see The Big Push Forward, which kicked off with a meeting at the Institute…"
Dec 10, 2012
Martin Walsh commented on Martin Walsh's blog post Research in an INGO: Oxfam's new series of research guidelines
"Thanks John for your encouraging comments and excellent suggestions -- we'll certainly look at incorporating them when we next revise the guidelines. Re your first suggestion: our framework for research training (dubbed 'Research for…"
Dec 10, 2012
John McCreery commented on Martin Walsh's blog post Research in an INGO: Oxfam's new series of research guidelines
"An excellent set of materials, with wide applicability (anyone who wants to write persuasive prose). I wish they had been around when I was a student and, later, a novice copywriter. Just a couple of points that could use strengthening. First, start…"
Dec 10, 2012

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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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