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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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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

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A Critical Analysis of Public Policies on Education and LGBT Rights in Brazil

IDS Evidence Report 61 (2014)

This audit analyses key aspects of public policies in education and sexuality in Brazil, which have been designed as part of the wider programme Brazil Without Homophobia (BWH – Programa Brasil sem Homofobia), launched in 2004. Tackling homophobia and its cultural and social effects has been highlighted by a number of authors as an important policy strategy. More details

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Sexuality and Poverty Synthesis Report

This report synthesises learning from these audits and is part of a larger project that focuses on understanding the links between sexuality, gender plurality and poverty with the aim of improving socioeconomic policy and programming to support people marginalised because of their sexuality. 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

IDS Evidence Report 47 (2013)

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

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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