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Gabriele Köhler

Former Visiting Fellow and Senior Research Associate

Gabriele is a development economist. After a career with the United Nations spanning more than 25 years in a wide range of positions with UN-ESCAP, UNCTAD, UNDP and UNICEF, she is interested in three areas of research and policy thinking: the emerging development agenda beyond 2015 and the – neglected – role of the state; the discourse around human security and human rights; and the interface of social protection with broader social and economic policies, notably employment and decent work, international trade and investment policies. Her publications, journalistic articles and advisory work focus on political economy and policy issues. Her regional specialization is Asia, notably South Asia and Southeast Asia.
By training, Gabriele is a macroeconomist educated at the universities of Tübingen, Munich and Regensburg in Germany. She has been an ACUNS Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Ottawa (1989/90), a Visiting Fellow at the IDS Sussex (2010/12) and will be a Visiting Fellow at UNRISD throughout 2014.

Gabriele is a board member of Women in Europe for a Common Future, and of the UN Association of Germany, an elected member of the UNICEF National Committee Germany, and, as a hobby, on the board of the Friends of the State Museum of Ethnography, Munich.

Gabriele Köhler collaborated with UNRISD for the project inception workshop for New Directions in Social Policy, 2014. For the workshop, she wrote the draft paper "New Social Policy Directions? Some Reflections on South Asia".

Gabriele also presented a seminar in the UNRISD Seminar Series on Innovation, Human Rights and Feasibility: Development and Welfare Policy in South Asia in May 2014.

Gabriele became an UNRISD Senior Research Associate in September 2014.

Recent publications:

Journal articles:
Assessing the SDGs from the standpoint of eco-social policy: using the SDGs subversively. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. July 2016

Tapping the Sustainable Development Goals for Progressive Gender Equity and Equality Policy?, Gender & Development, 2016

Myanmar. Ruptured Continuity. in: Myanmar: Troubled Transitions. Anirudha Bonnerjee and Gabriele Koehler, Himal Quarterly. Vol.29, issue no. 2.

Book :
Poverty and the MDGs: A critical Look Forward, Alberto Cimadamore, Gabriele Koehler and Thomas Pogge. 2016, CROP International Studies in Poverty Research Series,ZED Books.

Web pieces:
The Sustainable Development Agenda. January 2016. Ideas and commentaries.

The Brexit is not gender neutral. June 2016.

Previous publications:

Development and Welfare Policy in South Asia, co-edited with Deepta Chopra, London and New York. Routledge 2014.

Social protection. Political reform and policy innovations in South Asia. In: Katja Bender, Markus Kaltenborn, Christian Pfleiderer. Social Protection in Developing Countries. Reforming systems. London and New York 2013. Routledge. pp. 185-194

Myanmar: Demokratie am seidenen Faden. In: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. Berlin. Issue 2/2013.

Insecurities and human security in the United Nations´ development discourse. Riga 2012. Zinatne Publishing House.

Human Security and the Next Generation of Comprehensive Human Development Goals. with Des Gasper, Richard Jolly and Mara Simane. In: Journal of Human Security Studies, Volume I issue 2/2012. Tokyo.

Social Protection in Myanmar: Making the Case for Holistic Policy Reform, with Yoshimi Nishino 2011. IDS Working Paper 386.

Social Protection for Social Justice, IDS Bulletin 42.6 Edited by Stephen Devereux. Christopher Bene, Deepta Chopra, Gabriele Koehler, Keetie Roelen, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler and Dolf te Linto.

The MDGs and Social Policy Innovations from South Asia, Oslo: CROP 
Poverty Brief October 2011.

Social Protection and Socioeconomic Security in Nepal, IDS Working Paper 370. August 2011.