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Linda Waldman - Director of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning; Health and Nutrition; Cities; Digital and Technology
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The primary focus of Linda Waldman's work has been on diverse dimensions of poverty, and the related issues of gender, racial classification, ethnicity and identity.

She obtained her Ph.D. in social anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where her research focused on indigenous identity and nationalism amongst the Griqua of South Africa.

She has also worked on farm workers, gender, environmental policy processes, health and social housing and aid architecture with research experience in Africa, India and the UK. As a member of the STEPS Centre, her research has focused on the comparative study of asbestos-related diseases and on peri-urban sustainability.

Livestock, Livelihoods and Health is an interdisciplinary research programme exploring diseases that can be transmitted from wild or domesticated animals to people (known as zoonoses).

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This project examines the impact of the rise of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

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The STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development.

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Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies is a new IDS research initiative that seeks to critically examine the opportunities and challenges that the new generation of ICT innovations pose for poor and vulnerable groups.

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This research project was initiated and conceptualised in the framework of the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP), an informal network of around 30-donor and non-governmental organisations that works on strengthening the nexus between poverty reduction and environmental protection in development cooperation.

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The Development Studies Learning Partnership was created under the BRICS Initiative in 2011, and enables collaborative learning between traditional and emerging actors in development, be they academics, researchers, practitioners or policy-makers.

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IDS publications on international development research

Strands of Struggle: Dealing with Health and Citizenship in the Aftermath of Asbestos Mining

Journal of Southern African Studies 42.5 (2016)

Asbestos mining is banned in many parts of theworld, and promoted in others. This article examines the effects of asbestos mining in South Africa, 30 years after the mines closed. Focusing on mining communities, it explores the political struggles that the communities have engaged in to address environmental threats, rehabilitate land, and secure compensation for their ill-health. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Galvanising Gender Analysis and Practice in Health Systems

Future Health Systems Key Message Brief 4 (2016)

Gender analysis is an important component of health systems research (HSR) as it reveals how power relations create inequalities in health system needs, experiences, and outcomes among women, men, and people of other genders. Various challenges must be overcome to successfully mainstream gender into health systems practice and research. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Citizenship; Environment; Gender; Health; Zoonoses; Industry; Science and Society; Sexuality; Work and Labour.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Empowerment of Women and Girls; Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation; Sexuality Poverty and Law; Sexuality and Development Programme; STEPS.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; India; South Africa; United Kingdom.