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Ruth Mayne

Ruth Mayne

Ruth is Oxfam’s Senior Researcher on Influencing and its Effectiveness. She has an interdisciplinary background as a researcher, policy adviser and practitioner on humanitarian, development and environmental issues.Ruth previously worked at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford where she is now an honorary research associate. She has also worked as an independent consultant, as a country programme manager in Colombia, as a socio-economist, and as a university lecturer. Ruth has an MSc in development economics and BA in development studies.

Anita with her two children in temporary shelter, Nepal September 2015. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Influencing behaviours and practices to tackle poverty and injustice

General, Influencing, Methodology, Research 1 Comment

Ruth Mayne, a senior researcher on influencing, introduces the key themes of a new discussion paper on behaviour and practice change. Behaviour change strategies can play a vital role in combating poverty, injustice and environmental problems, whether by helping end gender based violence, improving health and hygiene behaviours, or reducing resource-intensive consumption patterns. But do we really understand how to …

Nelson Mandela speaking during the launch of Make Poverty History in 2005.Credit: Mark Davy/Oxfam

How Oxfam has influenced for change over the last 75 years

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Active citizenship, General, Influencing 0 Comments

In advance of the Oxfam Research Network’s Evidence for Influencing conference (Soesterberg, Netherlands, 23-24 October), Ruth Mayne, Chris Stalker and Andrew Wells-Dang look back over Oxfam’s history of influencing and future challenges.  Influencing policymakers is in Oxfam’s genes. Right from its inception in 1942, Oxfam called on Prime Minister Winston Churchill to lift the Allied blockade of Nazi-occupied countries to …

Discussion at an event to support women running for local election in Morocco, February 2015. Credit: Ellie Kealey/Oxfam

Influencing for social justice: nudge, shove, show or shout?

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Active citizenship, General, Governance, Influencing 2 Comments

What do, closed door talks with civil servants about climate change, street theatre about the impacts of domestic violence, and anti-tax haven marches have in common? Answer: They’re all about influencing for a fairer, safer, greener world. Sally Golding and Ruth Mayne introduce the what, how and why of ‘influencing’ in the first of a new series of blog posts. …