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Susan Marango


Senior Research Associate (Mastercard Foundation MEAL), Faculty of Education.

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  • PhD in Nature Conservation Policies and Sustainable Development, University of Lincoln
  • MSc in Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Management, University of Greenwich
  • BSc in Natural Resources Management and Agriculture, Midlands State University

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • UK Evaluation Society
  • Social Research Association (SRA)
  • Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
  • Donor Harmonisation Group (DHG)

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Dr. Susan Marango is the Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and learning for the Mastercard Foundation Program at Cambridge (both the Climate Resilience and Sustainability Collaborative and the Scholars Program) and supporting other related activities.

Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Susan worked as a Senior Research and Evaluation Officer at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) where she led the development and application of innovative qualitative approached to monitoring and evaluation of Commonwealth Scholarships. While with the ACU, she also contributed to the monitoring and evaluation of three projects: Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL); Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE); and Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA).

While studying for her PhD at university of Lincoln, she held a research assistant post at the University of Lincoln Business School, supporting researchers develop impact case studies for Research Excellence Framework (REF). As a teaching assistant, she supervised research projects for undergraduate students and delivered guest lectures on sustainable development to undergraduate students.

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Research Topics

  • Evaluating the impact of education
  • Higher Education and Sustainable development
  • Equity, Access and inclusion in Education
  • Education and Policy
  • Strengthening resilience and response to climate change

Current Research Project(s)

  • Exploring the experiences of the current Mastercard Foundation Scholars to understand how the Mastercard Scholars Program supports Scholars in their learning while at Cambridge, and in their future outcomes. The findings will improve program effectiveness and impact in the future.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the Climate Resilience and Sustainability Collaborative between University of Cambridge and partner universities in Africa.

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Marango, S., Bosworth, G. & Curry, N. (2020). Applying neo‚Äźendogenous development theory to delivering sustainable local nature conservation. SociologiaRuralis, 61(1),116-140.

Bosworth, G., Price, L., Hakulinen, V., Marango, S. (2020). Rural Social Innovation and Neo-endogenous Rural Development. In: Cejudo, E., Navarro, F. (eds) Neo endogenous Development in European Rural Areas. Springer Geography. Springer, Cham.

Marango, S. (2022). Exploring Diary Methods to Evaluate International Scholarships

Marango, S. Harrison, B., Day, R., Margolis, S., Anwar, N., & Vardanyan, E. (2022). Exploring the outcomes and impact of Commonwealth Scholarships: Case Studies. 2022-2023 Series.

Marango, S., Bramwell, W., & Harrison, B. (2022). Exploring Diary Methods to Measure the Outcomes and Impact of International Scholarships.

Marango, S. & Harrison, B. (2022). Experiences of Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni: Enabling and Constraining Factors to Scholarship Impact. Working Paper.

Marango, S., Harrison, B., Day, R., & Margolis, S. (2021). Forging connections and collaboration across the Commonwealth: A Review of the Commonwealth Academic Fellowship Programme.

Harrison, B., Day, R., Marango, S., & Bramwell, W. (2020).Twenty years of Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships. Working Paper.

Harrison, B., Bramwell, W., Lakey, G., & Marango, S. (2019). Building Bridges: The Commonwealth Split-Site Doctoral Scholarship Programme 1998-2018.