Boel McAteer

Researcher, Human Settlements

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Swedish, Turkish, Spanish (intermediate)

Boel’s research interests are focused on gender and refugee livelihoods, and particularly the operationalisation of concepts such as self-reliance and decent work in through humanitarian and development support in settings of long-term urban displacement.

Boel is a researcher on the GCRF-ESRC project 'Protracted displacement in an urban world' – a large-scale comparative study examining wellbeing and livelihoods in cities and camps in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Kenya. Her background includes international development, monitoring, evaluation and learning.


Urban displacement; refugee self-reliance; gender and livelihoods support; social exclusion; international development.

Before IIED

  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning consultant for the UK government’s Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)
  • Research consultant, University of Edinburgh


  • PhD international development, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc human rights and international politics, University of Glasgow
  • BA Honours journalism, University of Stirling

Current work

Responding to protracted displacement in an urban world

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