About Deborah Eade

Professional background

I am a writer, editor, and publishing manager with over 40 years' experience in the fields of international development and humanitarianism.

During the 1980s I worked in Oxfam GB's Regional Office for Mexico and Central America. I was also a researcher and writer at the Ford Foundation and a consultant to several local and regional organisations.

In 1991 I became the Editor of Development in Practice, building it up over 20 years to become the touchstone journal for the exchange of of ideas, analysis, and experience among development and humanitarian professionals worldwide. I developed a multilingual website (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) to support the journal and associated book series.

I have been a freelance writer, editor and translator since 2010. Since 2015, I have been a Co-Editor of  Development Policy Review, which is published on behalf of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and have produced several virtual anthologies. These are available on the journal's homepage.

My publications cover a broad spectrum, and range from scholarly articles to reference books and more popular writing. My particular interests are in issues relating to feminism and gender relations, human rights and situations of armed conflict, and the roles of knowledge and communication in development. A growing interest concerns the assumptions and power relations implicit both in the concepts and language of development, and in everyday language.

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 Academic and Professional Qualifications 

  • Publishing Training Centre, London (various professional courses)
  • PGCE (with Distinction), University of London
  • MA in 20th Century European Literature, University of Sussex
  • MA in English Language and Literature, University of Oxford