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Stephen Wood - Research Officer

Gender and Sexuality
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Stephen Wood is a Research Officer in the Gender and Sexuality cluster.

Stephen's current research focus is around sexuality and poverty, managing a DfID-funded research project with a number of key partners to examine how poverty reduction policies would benefit from a focus on sexuality that scrutinises their effectiveness and reach amongst communities marginalised on account of their sexuality.

He is currently investigating the intersections of gender, sexuality and other structural and cultural forms of disadvantage through an analysis of how organisations with a focus on one of these elements account for the complexities of their relationship with the other and developing quantitative online participatory methodologies and examining the wider use of digital and online platforms for sexual minorities to build community and access livelihoods.

He is also particularly interested in the evolving strategies of engagement between southern lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movements and northern LGBT NGOs, as well as bringing questions of sexual pleasure into the development field.

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

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Reframing Gender Justice in an Unequal, Volatile World: IDS’ Directions for Future Research on Gender and Sexuality in Development

At a time of major changes in global politics and trends, and major shifts in international development following the establishment of the global Sustainable Development Goals in Agenda 2030, the Gender and Sexuality cluster at the Institute of Development Studies engaged in collaborative discussions and consultations over nine months with partner organisations, networks, external experts and policymakers. More details


Reframing Gender Justice in an Unequal, Volatile World: IDS’ Directions for Future Research on Gender and Sexuality in Development

We here aim to outline priority directions for future research on gender and sexuality in development, which are needed to advance our understanding of gender and sexuality in an increasingly unequal, polarised and volatile world. More details

Non-IDS publication

Gender, sexuality and disadvantage: intimately entwined, but perpetually divorced within international development?

Development Bulletin 77 (2016)

This paper begins with a brief overview of research undertaken by the authors and sexual health and rights practitioners in a Southeast Asian country examining the intersections of gender, sexuality, disadvantage, and how that plays out in reality for practitioners. More details

IDS Policy Briefing 118 Front Cover

Migration, Mobility and Marginalisation: Consequences for Sexual and Gender Minorities

IDS Policy Briefing 118 (2016)

As a strategy to avoid discrimination, violence and economic marginalisation, sexual and gender non-conforming people often turn to migration as a route to achieve independence and build social capital. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Sexuality and Social Justice: A Toolkit

This free interactive toolkit documents the learning from the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme at the Institute for Development Studies. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Citizenship; Gender; HIV; Reducing Inequalities; Sexuality.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Gender Power and Sexuality; Sexuality Poverty and Law; Sexuality and Development Programme.

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