Kate Newman

Kate Newman

Co-head of research, evidence and learning
Christian Aid

Kate Newman is co-head of research, evidence and learning at Christian Aid. She joined Christian Aid in 2013 after completing her PhD on the challenges and dilemmas of integrating participatory and rights-based approaches to development.

Kate has worked in the international development sector for the past 20 years, initially based in Mexico, then in ActionAid where she coordinated a global programme, as a consultant to various INGOs while studying for her Phd, and at the Open University. Throughout all these roles she has linked her passion for adult learning and social change, with a belief that there should be better opportunities to bring multiple perspectives and different knowledge into debates about what "good development" looks like. At heart she is a practitioner with a strong commitment to fighting for social justice but she believes that both the NGO and academic worlds have a lot to offer and to learn from each other.  


Women at community meeting holding paper
Recommendations for building more equitable research partnerships that can have a real world impact.
30 October 2018
Survey in Dadaab camp, Kenya
Recommendations for productive partnerships between academics and NGOs, based on a new guide and toolkit.
28 November 2017

Conference sessions

Connect strand

This session explores the ways that INGOs can engage with research, from accessing and adapting existing research to commissioning and collaborating on new research, as well as conducting research in-house and providing research training.



Tue, 03/19/2019 -
13:45 to 14:45