IDS research on Gender and Development has sought diverse ways to understand and address inequality in gender relations since the late 1970s. With colleagues at Sussex University, IDS has played a prominent part in promoting an approach that put power at the heart of Gender and Development analysis.

IDS work in the 1990s turned a feminist lens on attempts to institutionalise gender through 'mainstreaming' and brought new perspectives to debates on gender in relation to land, labour, health, environment and participatory development. In 1992, BRIDGE, a gender research and communications programme was established, aimed at providing accessible and diverse information to bridge the gaps between theory, policy and practice.

With the renewed focus on women's rights and empowerment, IDS continues to contribute to feminist debates through its research and communications work. Researchers in all IDS teams focus on gender issues and contribute to a cross-institute Gender Working Group. Recently, a new Research Partnership Consortium (RPC) on Pathways of Women's Empowerment, with partners in South Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, has been launched, giving IDS' work on gender further impetus.

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Adrian Bannister - Web Innovations Convenor

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akshay khanna - Research Fellow

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Alyson Brody - Senior Convenor Gender and Human Development

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Becky Mitchell - Research Officer - Conflict, Violence and Development Cluster

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Camilla Lindstrom - DPhil Student

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Deepta Chopra - Research Fellow

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Elaine Mercer - Editorial Coordinator

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Elizabeth Mills - Research Fellow

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Georgina Aboud - Gender Convenor

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Jenny Edwards - Programme Officer

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Jenny Birchall - Gender Convenor

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Jerker Edstrom - Research Fellow

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Jethro Pettit - Research Fellow

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Julia Hamaus - Gender Convenor

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Katy Oswald - Research Officer

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Kerry Preibisch - Visiting Fellow

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Linda Waldman - Research Fellow and Team Leader

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Lyla Mehta - Research Fellow

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Maria Cascant-Sempere - DPhil Student

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Assessment of the Impact of Gender Equality Programming on Humanitarian Outcomes

This project will develop understanding of how and under what conditions GEP has or has not contributed to improved humanitarian outcomes. It will accumulate an evidence base that can be harnessed to inform decision makers' discussions in the area of GEP, and inform the design of gender-responsive humanitarian interventions. More details

Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Climate Change

The BRIDGE Edge Programme on Gender and Climate Change aims to contribute towards thinking, dialogue, anlayses, policy and practice on gender and climate change through a series of events and publications More details

Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements

The BRIDGE Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements aims to inspire and support collaborative approaches to mobilisation around shared equity and justice concerns. More details

Gender Equality and Extension of Social Protection

IDS was commissioned to study the nature and causes of women's exclusion from social protections coverage More details

Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme: Sexuality and Local Voices

The Sexuality and Development project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) Programme, funded by Sida. More details


GSDRC provide high quality, timely knowledge products to support international development planning, policymaking and other activities area. This includes a document library, a research helpdesk and email bulletins More details

Highlighting the Invisibility of Unpaid Care

This is a three year project explores why unpaid care work is merited little attention in development policy and programming. We are taking an action learning approach to engaging policy actors on unpaid care, tracking the effects, successes and failures of our policy influencing activities. More details

Labour Regulations and Anti-discrimination Legislation

A review of literature on the impact of labour regulations and anti-discrimination legislation on gender quality in employment in developing countries. More details

Men, Masculinities and HIV

The Men, Masculinities and HIV project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) programme, funded by Sida. This work stream aims to influence norms and institutions at global and local levels to more effectively tackle the challenge of achieving gender equality, and particularly looking at the role of men in this process. More details

Participation and Gender Justice: Political Empowerment

This project is part of the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme, funded by Sida. The project is working on two parallel initiatives, firstly, exploring political empowerment programmes for women and secondly, engaging with the international community to challenge and expose gendered forms of violence, particularly when this is politically motivated. More details

Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium

Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes. More details

Pro-Poor Electricity Provision

This programme will develop and promote evidence-based policy and programme guidance on low carbon energy investments to benefit poor people, especially women and girls. More details

Quantifying the Impact of Women’s Participation in Peace Building

Review existing evidence on the importance of women’s activities in local peace-building processes, and on the impact of policy interventions aimed at supporting the social, economic and political roles that women play in peace-building processes. More details

SendasAL - research and knowledge on gender inequality, social justice and poverty reduction

SendasAL is a joint project between BRIDGE and Uruguayan NGO Ciedur providing a Spanish web-space for sharing and promoting resources which support gender equality, social justice and poverty reduction in Latin America. More details


Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. More details

Women in Local Peacebuilding Research

Documenting the role of women in local peacebuilding, conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Liberia. More details

Working with Boys and Men to Promote Gender Equality

Our goal is to enable stronger leadership for working with boys and men to promote gender equality. We will do this by gathering, inter-relating and analysing evidence and lessons. These will be strategically disseminated in targeted and accessible formats for improved learning, policy and practice. More details

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This is the cover for the book Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development.

Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development

Women the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women’s political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. More details

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Maternal Mental Health in the Context of Community-based Home Visiting in a Re-engineered Primary Health Care System: A Case Study of the Philani Mentor Mothers Programme

This document constitutes a briefing summary of the case study of a maternal mental health intervention in South Africa, the Philani Mentor Mothers Programme. More details

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The Shifting Roles of Men in Collective Action on SGBV in Kenya: Report of a Movement and Influence Mapping Workshop, Nairobi, 3–5 July 2013

Over a decade and a half on from the landmark declarations of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (UN 1994) and the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (UN 1995), there is now a growing consensus on the importance of engaging men and boys in efforts to stop violence against women and girls. More details

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Feminisms, Empowerment and Development

The economic and political empowerment of women continues to be a central focus for development agencies worldwide; access to medical care, education and employment, as well as women's reproductive rights remain key factors effecting women's autonomy. More details

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Unpaid Care Work Programme: Nepal Progress Report (2012–13)

This report covers the progress of the programme in Nepal over the first year and a half of the four-year programme. For a programme aimed at influencing national policy, it is critical to understand the political economy context of Nepal. More details

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Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts

Voicing Demands is a collection of analytical narratives of what has happened to feminist voice, a key pathway to women’s empowerment. More details

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Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence

It explores the shifting field of men and masculinities and how often conflicted engagements with the feminist project of redressing gender inequalities might be radicalised through a deeper analysis of patriarchy and our relationship to it, as well as by linking it to other struggles for sexual and human rights, or social justice. More details

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Reclaiming the Streets for Women’s Dignity: Effective Initiatives in the Struggle against Gender-Based Violence in between Egypt’s Two Revolutions

This paper is about the struggle to combat gender-based violence in public space in Egypt through the sustained collective action of vigilante groups who organically formed to respond to the increasing encroachment on women in public space from 2011 onwards. More details

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Towards Gender Equality with Care-sensitive Social Protection

Unpaid care work and social protection are intrinsically linked. In order to address this challenge, policies must recognise the value of women’s work, shift the burden of care work away from women and families and improve access to the vital services that will help improve women and girls’ wellbeing. More details

Policy audit: a heteronormativity audit of RMSA - a higher education programme in Indian schools

Policy Audit: A heteronormativity audit of RMSA - a higher education programme in Indian schools

This report shares the findings of a sexuality and gender audit of a national government programme to strengthen secondary school education in India More details

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Country Progress Report (2012-2013): Nigeria

IDS is partnering with ActionAid International (AAI) to help each of the four ActionAid countries to develop and implement an advocacy strategy on making unpaid care work visible in public policy, as well as integrate unpaid care work issues into each country’s programming. More details

Non-IDS publication

Feminist Activism, Women's Rights, and Legal Reform

This collection investigates the relationship between feminist activism and legal reform as a pathway to gender justice and social change. More details

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Undressing Patriarchy: Redressing Inequalities

Patriarchy may be seen as an old-fashioned term with little relevance to current work on gender, yet these kinds of questions motivated participants to get excited about the notion of ‘Undressing Patriarchy’ and inspired them to draft background papers and to travel across the world to take part in this conversation. More details

The Health of Women and Girls in Urban Areas with a Focus on Kenya and South Africa: A Review

The Health of Women and Girls in Urban Areas with a Focus on Kenya and South Africa: A Review

This thematic review focuses on a range of health challenges faced in particular by women and girls living in low-income urban settlements in expanding cities in Kenya and South Africa. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Key Issue Guide: Heteronormativity

This Eldis Key Issue Guide is a concise resource on the concept of heteronormativity, its usefulness for development thinking and the and the ways in which it impacts upon gender, LGBT rights, economic justice, health care, human rights and law. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Gender in economy-wide modelling

Chapter from 'New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy' More details

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Gender and Social Movements Overview Report

This report has been developed as part of the BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements. More details

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Gender and Social Movements

This In Brief bulletin, part of BRIDGE's Cutting Edge Pack on gender and social movements, explains why it is so important for all progressive social movements to commit to thinking about and transforming women’s rights and patriarchal power relations, both in their external-facing activism and their internal cultures and practices. More details

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Sexuality and Development Programme: An Annotated Bibliography

This is an annotated bibliography that has been put together by the IDS Sexuality and Development Programme. More details

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Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure

This pioneering collection explores the ways in which positive, pleasure-focused approaches to sexuality can empower women. More details

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