• Catherine Cook

    Sustainable Financing Lead

    Catherine Cook is the Sustainable Financing Lead at Harm Reduction International (HRI).

    Catherine is an expert on the funding of harm reduction. She has developed a portfolio of ground breaking research and policy analysis on financing for harm reduction, including the tracking of donor and government investment in harm reduction. She has coordinated international research, developed tools for harm reduction advocates and provided regular analysis to United Nations and donor agencies. 

    Catherine was responsible for conceptualising and developing HRI’s flagship project, the Global State of Harm Reduction in 2007.

    Catherine brings 17 years of professional experience in harm reduction, HIV and policy research and has published extensively on a wide range of topics related to harm reduction and public health in both civil society reports and academic literature. She was a Deputy Editor for the Harm Reduction Journal from 2015-2020 and served on the Scientific Committee for the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP).

    Catherine joined Harm Reduction International in 2007 as Research Analyst, before being appointed Head of Research, then Sustainable Financing Lead. Prior to that, she worked at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

    Catherine holds a BSc in Psychology from Sussex University, an M.Sc in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Brunel University, London. She has also completed courses in Human Rights Law in Practice at the London School of Economics and Health Economics at Oxford University.


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