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Thea Shahrokh - Research Officer

Participation; Cities; Gender and Sexuality

Thea has worked as a researcher in International Development for over five years, with a particular focus on issues of gender, citizenship, exclusion and violence.

Her research specialises in qualitative and participatory methodologies with a critical approach and adapting these methodologies to working with people living in extreme poverty, marginalisation and on intersecting issues of inequality. She has strong facilitation experience using participatory and visual methods in trainings, policy dialogues, and research groups. She has conducted research in South Africa and India on how gender-based violence affects citizenship and intergenerational poverty and the interplay of these issues with structural violence and inequality in urban contexts.

Her current research is on spaces, channels and opportunities for citizen-led accountability and the role of collective action in challenging formal and informal institutions that reinforce discriminatory and gender norms and constrain claims to citizenship identity and agency. She has been centrally involved in the coordination of Participate, a research network on participation and voice in development policymaking.

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.

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Ensuring that the most vulnerable and marginalised communities have the opportunity to shape post-2015 policymaking

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The Participatory Monitoring and Accountability (PMA) programme marks a new phase of the Participate initiative. It aims to foster and support PMA learning processes that enable citizen participation for accountability to be embedded in development policy and practice.

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The project aims to expand our knowledge of the specific attributes of volunteering as a development mechanism and the unique ways in which volunteering impacts on poverty.

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Therapeutic Activism: Men of Hope Refugee Association Uganda Breaking the Silence over Male Rape in Conflict-related Sexual Violence

IDS Evidence Report 182 (2016)

Men’s experiences as victims of sexual and gender-based violence remain little recognised in research, policy or practice. Mainstream narratives generally continue to depict men as perpetrators of violence and women as victims. More details


Engaging Men for Effective Activism against Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Policy Briefing 108 (2016)

Men are becoming ever more visible as integral partners in tackling sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), holding themselves, peers and power-holders accountable for maintaining harmful gender norms that perpetuate violence. More details


Towards More Inclusive Strategies to Address Gender-Based Violence

IDS Policy Briefing 104 (2015)

Sexual and gender-based violence is persistent and devastating, rooted deeply in the lives of men, women, boys and girls globally. Gendered violence does not exist in isolation, and is intertwined with other forms of power, privilege and social exclusion. More details

This is the front coverr to IDS Bulletin 46.5, 'What is the Unique Contribution of Volunteering to International Development?'

What is the Unique Contribution of Volunteering to International Development?

IDS Bulletin 46.5 (2015)

This IDS Bulletin is entirely based on the global action-research project Valuing Volunteering, commissioned by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), a UK-based international volunteer cooperation organisation, and conducted by researchers at IDS in partnership with VSO. More details


The New ‘MASVAW Men’: Strategies, Dynamics and Deepening Engagements. A Case Study of a Networked Approach to Challenging Patriarchy Across Institutions in Uttar Pradesh

IDS Evidence Report 143 (2015)

Uttar Pradesh is ranked second among Indian states in ‘crimes against women’, which includes rape, abduction, dowry-related deaths, mental and physical torture and sexual harassment (Government of Uttar Pradesh 2006: 130). More details

Thematic Expertise:
Capacity Development; Children and Youth; Citizenship; Gender; Governance; Collective Action; Democracy; Public Policy; Participatory methodologies; Politics and Power; Social Policy; Social Protection; Social Protection; Sustainable Development Goals; Post MDGs.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Empowerment of Women and Girls; Gender Power and Sexuality.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean; Sub Saharan Africa.