Meet a TReNDS Expert: Jonathan Glennie

Written by TReNDS Staff

In the Meet TReNDS series, we introduce you to TReNDS' experts, staff, and friends–leading individuals and organizations in the broader data for development community.



TReNDS expert Jonathan Glennie, independent consultant and writer

About Jonathan

Jonathan is a writer and researcher on poverty and human rights, looking at the changing nature of development cooperation as global paradigms and relationships evolve. He has held senior positions in several international organizations and was formerly the director of the Sustainable Development Research Centre at Ipsos. He has also written for the Guardian‘s Global Development website and published a book on aid.


TReNDS Staff: In your career, what area of data for development have you primarily focused on?
Jonathan Glennie: Global poverty (multi-dimensional), impact evaluations

What emerging area of data for development are you most eager to tackle in your own work?
Data to empower marginalized communities

What emerging area of data for development are you most eager to see addressed by the community at large?
Balancing quantitative data with other kinds of evidence

What is the most interesting use of data you've seen?
Anything that is visually stunning is useful and important today – I think particularly of some of the maps people have done of electricity use [and similar].

What are you most eager to engage in with TReNDS?
Poverty data discussions, data for impact evaluations, data to counter fake news

Read Jonathan’s latest musings for here.

And check out some of his past work below:

Is anyone listening? The problem with the data revolution (Devex)
A development data revolution needs to go beyond the geeks and bean-counters (The Guardian)