Gender and Sexuality

IDS is well known for its progressive gender research, knowledge sharing and teaching, and for the central role it has played in the conceptual shift from a 'women in development' to a 'gender and development' focus, as well as for critically bringing sexuality and masculinities into gender theory, research and practice.

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Since the 1970s, IDS has been at the forefront of challenges to individualised 'women-centric' understandings of gender and sexuality, holding up for scrutiny the 'myths' and narratives that have so often (mis)informed gender and development policy and practice, in order to inspire more inclusive approaches that have agency and diversity at their heart and tackle the drivers of gendered inequalities.

Originating in feminist thought and practice and seeing the personal as political, this agenda has been supported by robust yet innovative participatory methodologies and approaches to citizenship and power which engage a range of local and global actors from research, policy and civil society in a range of contexts.

Through research IDS strives towards a world free of social and gender injustice, where unequal gendered power relations are transformed and the rights of all human beings are upheld in ways that both challenge and transcend axes of social difference, including sexual orientation, class, race, ethnicity, religion and disability.

We engage progressive stakeholders and partners across movements, disciplines and domains in the generation of high quality, ground-breaking research and knowledge that challenges gender and sexuality 'myths' and stereotypes, and contributes to transformative policy, practice and activism.

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Key contact

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T: +44 (0)1273 915672

E: j.edstrom@ids.ac.uk

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Team Members

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T: +44 (0)1273 915727

E: a.bainbridge@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

E: am.goetz@emeritus.ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915787

E: b.rohwerder@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Carol Smithyes from the IDS Communications team

T: +44 (0)1273 915638

E: c.smithyes@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Cathérine Müller, Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction research team

E: c.mueller@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Deborah Shenton, Team Administrative Coordinator, Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction

T: +44 (0)1273 915760

E: d.shenton@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Deepta Chopra, IDS Governance and Gender / Sexuality Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915808

E: d.chopra@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Elaine Mercer, Editorial Coordinator, Bridge

T: +44 (0)1273 915816

E: e.mercer@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915705

E: e.mills@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915676

E: h.macgregor@ids.ac.uk

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E: h.standing@emeritus.ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jas Vaghadia

T: +44 (0)1273 915683

E: j.vaghadia@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jenny Edwards, PPSC research team

T: +44 (0)1273 915729

E: j.edwards@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jerker Edstrom

T: +44 (0)1273 915672

E: j.edstrom@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915677

E: l.mehta@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

E: n.kabeer@emeritus.ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

T: +44 (0)1273 915802

E: p.mungroo@ids.ac.uk

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E: p.oosterhoff@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915820

E: p.mason@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915609

E: s.nazneen@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Stephen Wood, Participation Research team, IDS

T: +44 (0)1273 915741

E: s.wood@ids.ac.uk

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E: t.shahrokh@ids.ac.uk

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Gender mainstreaming from the ground up for the World Food Programme

A participatory action-learning and knowledge sharing programme to improve WFPs gender-mainstreaming practices. More details

Modern Slavery in India and Nepal

We are working on three projects in India and Nepal using participatory methods to better understand the complex dynamics of slavery and bonded labour and to generate and test community-led solutions. More details

International Climate Fund: Enhancing Capacity to Deliver on Gender

A partnership between Coffey, IDS and RICARDO AEA has been formed to improve mainstreaming and targeting of women and girls in the International Climate Fund. More details

Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security

This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people. More details

Voices for Change 'Gender Hub'

IDS knowledge-sharing professionals are developing a prototype e-hub for gender experts in Nigeria More details

Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Change for Gender Equality (EMERGE)

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. More details

SendasAL - research and knowledge on gender inequality, social justice and poverty reduction

SendasAL is a joint project between BRIDGE and Uruguayan NGO Ciedur providing a Spanish web-space for sharing and promoting resources which support gender equality, social justice and poverty reduction in Latin America. More details

Men, Masculinities and HIV

The Men, Masculinities and HIV project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) programme, funded by Sida. This work stream aims to influence norms and institutions at global and local levels to more effectively tackle the challenge of achieving gender equality, and particularly looking at the role of men in this process. More details

Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements

The BRIDGE Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements aims to inspire and support collaborative approaches to mobilisation around shared equity and justice concerns. More details

Highlighting the Invisibility of Unpaid Care

This is a three year project explores why unpaid care work is merited little attention in development policy and programming. We are taking an action learning approach to engaging policy actors on unpaid care, tracking the effects, successes and failures of our policy influencing activities. More details

Sexuality and Local Voices

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

Sexuality and Development Programme (2007-11)

Supporting the realisation of sexual rights and access to basic services for those facing poverty and injustice More details

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