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Evidence for change


My research provides methodological and policy-relevant evidence linking gender and development in resource-poor settings. For example: How are poverty and experience of violence against women linked, and what potential do economic programs have in mitigating risk? How can methodological improvements help capture gendered-measurement of agency, decisionmaking and empowerment? In seeking to answer these questions, I have collected large-scale data in over a dozen countries and published over 50 journal articles. I believe in simple analysis to shine a light on complex problems, and aim to continually reevaluate how to use evidence for social progress.

Photo: © 2011 Amber Peterman 


Women's life histories in West Bengal, India depicting  wellbeing trajectories as part of a mixed-method impact evaluation of the Government women's joint land titling with IFPRI & Landesa. 

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Amber Peterman

Research Associate Professor

I am affiliated with the Department of Public Policy and the Transfer Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-lead the Cash Transfer and Intimate Partner Violence Research Collaborative. I am a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development and consult for a variety of research and policy organizations.