|Research & Reports|
Gwendolyn Burchell MBE graduated from the London School of Economics in 2009 with a Masters in Social Policy. In 1994, she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Management Science. Research was a major component of both degrees – objective evidence is necessary when making management and policy decisions.
Gwendolyn’s approach in Azerbaijan is inspired by ethnographic analysis, participatory research accompanied by consistent advocacy, and rich quantitative and qualitative data collection, combined with 13 years of practical fieldwork alongside a team of local employees and volunteers.
Ethnography is defined as ‘a research method in which the researcher immerses him or herself in a social setting for an extended period of time, observing behavior, listening to what is said in conversations both between others and with the field-worker, and asking questions.’ (p.693, Bryman)
It quickly became clear that the field of children’s social welfare was neglected and so she embarked upon a 7-month study of children’s residential institutions which led to an in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis entitled ‘Situation Analysis of Children’s Institutions in Azerbaijan, 2000), which has subsequently been used by the State, international agencies and NGOs as data for studies and policy recommendations. This has been followed up by two more reports – ‘Reasons for Institutionalization, 2002’ and ‘Situation Analysis of Children’s Institutions in Azerbaijan, 2004’.
Gwendolyn has since completed a range of research studies, evaluations and policy papers for UAFA, the Government of Azerbaijan, World Bank, Open Society Institute, UNICEF and OSCE.