Caitlin Scott


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Dr Caitlin Scott is Lecturer in International Development Practice in the School of International Development (DEV).
Prior to joining DEV in 2015, Caitlin worked both in and as consultant to a number of large and small NGOs. Her work focused on research with children, rights-based approaches to development, and monitoring and evaluation systems for development.
As a consultant, her assignments included developing spefici research and evaluation tools, to wider research initiatives. This included being a lead researcher in an international study of children’s experiences of poverty  that focused on the multidimensional nature of children’s experiences of poverty.
her work within aid agencies has various branches of Save the Children UK, where she worked on rights-based approaches and M&E systems. Latterly she piloted 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 for global Child Rights Governance programmes of Red Barnet, Denmark..

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.

Key Research Interests

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

Over the last two years, I have been conducting research around the project as a form and technology in international development. I have been interviewing people across the sector about their interactions with different aspects of the project and its tools. I am particularly interested in the project as a technocratic form of governance, and how this relates to issues of managerialism and accountability with the aid sector.

I am currently writing a paper based on this research, as well as a textbook on the project, to be published by Routledge in 2020


Teaching Interests


I convene the MA Development Practice at the School, and am Director of Employability
I also lead on modules on development practice at both under and post graduate levels,. . My teaching includes the following modules:
• Development in Practice
• Critical Issues in Development Practice 1 & 2
• Development Work Experience
• Latin American Development


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions