nicola chanamuto


With 13 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, I have worked for local government, international aid agencies, social enterprises, grassroots charities and community groups. My focus has been on marginalised and less-reached groups, women and girls. I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Lincoln.


I have worked freelance for the last 10 years on a wide range of projects.

I have also worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), where I held a Research Officer position, acting as representative of Japanese ODA to DfID and British NGOs, and as Gender Focal Point for the UK.

Previously I gained valuable experience managing the Stronger Communities Programme at the Community & Voluntary Sector Forum in Brighton & Hove, which engaged local grassroots NGOs serving minority communities.

My professional background is in the public sector and community-based organisations. I began my career working in a UK local authority mostly in Social Services teams, and soon moved to the voluntary sector.

I am a member of the Gender and Development Network.


I am a current MPhil/PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln, focusing on female labour migration and domestic work.

I hold:

  1. -An undergraduate degree (First Class Honours) in Social Anthropology with Development Studies from the University of Sussex;

  1. -A masters degree (Distinction) in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies;

  1. -A Postgraduate Diploma in Local Government Management from Warwick Business School;

  1. -The Pramit Chaudhuri Memorial Prize 2004 for Development Studies;

  1. -And was awarded a full scholarship from the Sasakawa Fellowship (Tokyo Foundation) for my postgraduate study.


12 years’ experience in the public & charity sector

Strong academic background with Master’s degree

Special focus on women and girls

Background in community development

Current PhD candidate