About Deborah Eade

Professional background

I am a writer, editor, and publishing manager with 35 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 worked as a freelance writer, editor and translator since 2010. In 2015 I was appointed Associate Editor of Development Policy Review.

My publications cover a broad spectrum, and range from scholarly articles to reference books. My particular interests are in issues relating to conflict, feminism and gender relations, human rights, and the roles of knowledge and communication in development. 



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My professional affiliations include

  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
  • European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes (EADI)
  • Human Development Capabilities Association (HDCA)
  • Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN)
  • IKM Emergent
  • Information Management Working Group
  • International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
  • Society for International Development (SID)
  • Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)


  • 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