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Stephen Thompson - Research Officer

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Stephen Thompson is a social scientist with over a decades' experience of working on development issues. His research interests include health, nutrition, disability and education. He has worked for both research institutes and non-government organisations in both Europe and Africa. He has researched and published on blindness and visual impairment, with a particular focus on human resources for health and uncorrected refractive error. His doctoral thesis was on the social and economic impact of visual impairment in Mozambique.

He currently works for the Health & Education Advice & Resource Team (HEART). Based at the Institute of Development Studies, he helps time-pressured decision-makers better understand, interpret and apply health, nutrition and education evidence. As part of a team, he provides the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) with support for the use of evidence and expert advice in policymaking.

Stephen was formally the Project Manager for the Mozambique Eyecare Project. He joined IDS in 2012. As a former African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) Post Graduate Student, Stephen has continued his involvement with AVRI, contributing to good eye health practices on the African continent through sound research and evidence generation that leads to change in policy.

A five-year DFID-funded Evidence and Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme consortium led by IDS.

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IDS publications on international development research

Barriers to Use of Refractive Services in Mozambique

This article seeks to understand what barriers may limit their uptake by the general population and inform decision making on improved service delivery. More details

IDS publications on international development research

The Development of a Public Optometry System in Mozambique: a Cost Benefit Analysis

BMC Health Services Research (2014)

This paper demonstrates that a programme designed to address the burden of refractive error in Mozambique is economically justifiable in terms of the increased productivity that would result due to its implementation. More details

IDS publications on international development research

HEART Family Planning Topic Guide

This document presents a summary of family planning. It reviews existing literature, examining carefully what the current knowledge is, where the important issues or problems lie and “what works”. It is divided into ten sections More details

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HEART Nutrition Topic Guide

This Topic Guide has been compiled to provide an overview of undernutrition in the context of development. It covers the nature, scale and complex range of causes of undernutrition and summarises the evidence for what works to address the problem. More details

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The challenges faced by Portuguese speaking universities in Africa

This article explores how Portuguese speaking universities in Africa overcome some of the challenges they face with delivering high quality education and research. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Disability and Development.