Gillian Mann is Head of Research and Evaluation for Child Frontiers. With a PhD in social anthropology and a master’s degree in education, Gillian is especially interested in the social, economic and cultural aspects of boys’ and girls’ lives and their experiences of poverty, migration, violence, displacement, family separation and HIV/AIDS. She is passionate about engaging children and families in research that is both ethical and meaningful.
Gillian began her career twenty years ago, working with refugee and aboriginal children and families in Canada. Since then, she has worked at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and with a range of research institutes and national, international and multilateral agencies on child development and wellbeing. She has conducted needs assessments, baseline studies, program evaluations, rapid appraisals, multi-country and longitudinal studies in multiple countries and contexts in Africa and elsewhere.
Gillian joined Child Frontiers in 2014, and has since led research on child marriage in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. She has also designed a nation-wide qualitative study on violence against children in Bhutan, provided technical assistance to ECPAT International on a five country study on child sex tourism in Africa, and contributed to a recently released national baseline study on child protection in Ghana.