Aubryn Sidle

Ph.D. Candidate, Development Sociology

Aubryn is a 2018 Fulbright-Hays Fellow and 2017 Cornell Engaged Graduate Student Fellow. Her research is focused on the relationship between agency, local context, program design and scale (or ‘scalability’), in girls’ education practice in Eastern Africa. 

From 2010-2016 Aubryn served as the Executive Director of AGE Africa, where she built an innovative soft skills program aimed at improving girls' retention and achievement in secondary school in Malawi. She earned her Master of Science in Development Management at the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Anthropology and Africana Studies, magna cum laude.

Aubryn locates her work in the current conversation around the role of ‘soft skills’ in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality learning for all).  Her current projects include a multi-country country study on measuring girls’ agency in East Africa, and a longitudinal study on the impact of local organizations on girls’ outcomes. She is interested in challenging traditional understandings of scale and using her research to offer viable strategies for accelerating the pace of girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa in ways that respect the nuance of ‘place’ and empower local actors.

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