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End Violence Lab at the University of Edinburgh

Working across 40 countries with government leaders, national universities, research practitioners, front-line service providers and young people, the End Violence Lab (EV Lab) at the University of Edinburgh has a mission to improve the lives of children by transforming and mobilizing data and evidence to create change.

The EV Lab is poised to become a leading solutions hub with a priority focus on child sexual exploitation and abuse. Alongside this work, the University of Edinburgh in 2022, will launch a global data institute for child​safety with the remit to collect improved CSEA prevalence data.

End Violence Lab at the University of Edinburgh


Dr Catherine Maternowska

Professor, Violence Prevention for Young People & Co-Director, End Violence Lab, University of Edinburgh, GSG Member

Kati brings three decades of field-based research and programming spanning the Americas, Africa and Asia focusing on violence prevention and response, gender equity, and sexual and reproductive health.

Trained in economics, public health, and medical anthropology, she uses mixed methodology approaches to achieve improved outcomes. She has published dozens of policy-influencing peer review articles on gender-related issues and violence prevention, including a book on Haiti; her work has been featured in the popular press. Her most recent work addresses violence prevention and the online-offline continuum. She held a faculty position at the University of California, San Francisco for ten years working in Haiti, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Kenya.

From 2012-2017, she worked for UNICEF leading the Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence, replicated in twenty-three countries globally. From 2017-2021 she led Data, Evidence & Learning at the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Currently, she is co-leading efforts to build a global stakeholder-​focused solutions hub for child sexual exploitation and abuse.

She has a PhD from Columbia University, in New York City, a MPH from the University of Michigan and BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.

Dr Catherine Maternowska
Sexual violence is the most egregious crime that can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. The Brave Movement is a force of gravity harnessing the best of brilliant activist energy and insights alongside decades of violence prevention experience onto common ground. As a survivor of sexual violence this movement is my salve; as a research practitioner this movement without a doubt will create healing, prevention, and justice and I am honoured to be part of it. The End Violence Lab at the University of Edinburgh will work with partners across the violence prevention ecosystem to mobilise data and evidence addressing sexual violence against children hand-in-hand with the movement’s leaders, arming them with the best and most relevant knowledge and information possible to make real change happen from the corridors of power to every community worldwide.