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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies


Jodie Thorpe is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, leading the Institute’s research cluster on business, markets and the state in development. With over 15 years’ experience in research, policy and strategy, she is an expert on inclusive market approaches, value chains, and public-private and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Prior to joining IDS, she was a private sector policy adviser at Oxfam GB and a Director at SustainAbility, a leading think tank and advisory firm on business risks and opportunities from sustainable development. Her recent research has explored the potential for market-based solutions to extreme marginalisation, market systems approaches to enabling women's economic empowerment through addressing unpaid care work and an analysis of state-business relations and their impact on development beyond growth. She also leads a portfolio of research as part of the BEAM Exchange, a global knowledge exchange facility for market systems practitioners. Over the course of her career, Jodie has advised and collaborated with companies and organisations such as ActionAid, ADD International, Anglo-American, the Coady International Institute, the Fairtrade Foundation, Ford, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Natura, Tata Power, The Body Shop, Unilever and WWF.