‘Words are sacred. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.’ (Tom Stoppard)
Mark Weston is a writer, researcher and policy adviser working on international development, public health, human rights, radicalisation and other global issues; a blogger at globaldashboard.org; and the author of The Ringtone and the Drum: Travels in the World’s Poorest Countries.
The Big Squeeze: Nigeria on the Brink
Description: Book chapter on the politics of resource scarcity in Nigeria, to be published by the Brookings Institution, summer 2013.
INDEPTH communications strategy
Client: INDEPTH Network of Demographic and Health Surveillance Systems, Accra, Ghana
Description: Consultancy on new communications strategy of this global network of demographic and health research sites.
West Africa on the Edge
Description: Talk at School of Advanced Studies, London University, 17 January.
The Ringtone and the Drum: Travels in the World’s Poorest Countries (published in the US, UK and as an e-book, October 2012)
Publisher: Zero Books
Description: See http://www.theringtoneandthedrum.net for details.
How Technology is Changing Africa
Description: Talk at Social Responsibility Forum, IE Business School, Madrid. 23-24 November.
The Ringtone and the Drum: West Africa in Transition
Description: Talk on West Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 7 November.
Global Approaches to Domestic Violence Prevention: Ending Men’s Violence Against Women
Client: Sonke Gender Justice Network, South Africa
Description: Paper to be published by University of Minnesota. Focus on the broad social triggers of domestic violence, and on means of shifting harmful cultural norms.
Research study on violence against marginalised women in India, Bangladesh and Nepal
Client: CREA, India
Description: Co-writing multi-country quantitative and qualitative research report on violence against sex workers, lesbian women and disabled women.
Forgotten Conditions Roundtable, House of Commons, June
Description: Lunch meeting with UK health policy-makers to discuss ways of ensuring greater prominence in the policy agenda for rare conditions. Report of the event to follow.
Working Together: Devolved Nations
Description: Research study into what the devolved nations can teach England about reducing sickness-related worklessness. Includes a literature review, interviews with key policy-makers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, site visits to case study projects, and a full-length report of the findings. The project is a follow-up to the 2011 study, Working Together: Promoting Work as a Health Outcome as the NHS Reforms.