Who we are

With over twelve years of professional experience with international organizations like the Population Council, Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Marie Stopes International, and International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Nahid Kamal set up PopDev Consultancy to provide research and analysis in the emerging areas of International Development and Global Health. Her most recent position was with MEASURE Evaluation, an USAID funded project of the Carolina Population Centre of the University of North-Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her primary area of expertise in her professional career has been monitoring and evaluation. She was involved in the evaluation of USAID-funded Smiling Sun Franchise Program in Bangladesh – one of the largest social franchises. She has vast experience in design, implementation and analysis of national population surveys. Nahid has published extensively on topics ranging from family planning, equity in healthcare, non-communicable diseases and child marriage. Nahid holds a MSc and PhD in Demography from the London School of Economics and CPD certificates in Epidemiology and Impact Evaluation from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  


Key words: population; health and family planning; monitoring and evaluation; policy and research; South Asia 


Nisrine is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator in social policy, migration, and media cultures with special focus on youth in the Arab region and Europe. Her work bridges multilevel policy analysis and user-centred approaches that facilitate participatory and capacity building processes among decision makers, service providers, and user communities. She specialises in young people’s access to learning, employability, health, and wellbeing in Middle Eastern, refugee, and diaspora settings in the Arab region and Western Europe. Her methodological expertise includes designing innovative qualitative research methods using audio-visual and digital ethnography, audience-centred, and art-based approaches.  


Nisrine developed an early interest in conflict-led displacement and post-conflict recovery and governance policies through her own upbringing in the Lebanese and regional conflicts. She worked extensively in international development with focus on women entrepreneurship and social justice in the Arab region. She built her higher education career at leading British universities researching, teaching, and publishing widely on socio-cultural policies, migration, and media use 


Her past affiliations include the University of Westminster’s Arab Media Centre researching digital media use among children in the Arab region and Europe; the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre researching stateless populations’ access and utilisation of maternal and child health services and humanitarian provision for Iraqi refugees in the Middle East, Europe and Canada; the London School of Economics’ Centre for Civil Society with research on gender equality in family policies and the securitisation of protection rights of displaced communities.  


She holds a PhD in Social Policy (LSE), an MSc in NGO Management (LSE), and an MA in Documentary Filmmaking (UAL). 


Key words: social policy, gender, migration, conflict, media cultures, user-led social provision, innovative qualitative research methods


Zinnie is a Research Associate at PopDev. Her upbringing in St. Lucia, West Indies sparked an interest in environment and development issues, leading her to pursue a BSc in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo, Canada and an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). With a demonstrated history of working in the environmental and international development sectors, including with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Zinnie’s research interests include the impact of climate change on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), disaster risk reduction and evaluating the impact of development interventions. Zinnie is skilled in report writing, data analysis and project management. Outside of the professional realm, Zinnie is an avid rugby player.  


Key words: Caribbean; climate change; environment; monitoring and evaluation; development interventions; policy and research