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.

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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Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

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Pauline Oosterhoff

Research Fellow

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Sohela Nazneen

Research Fellow

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Stephen Wood

Research Officer

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Amy Cowlard

Project Support Officer

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Anna Raw

Project Manager

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Anne Marie Goetz

Emeritus Fellow

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Brigitte Rohwerder

Research Officer

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Cathérine Müller

Research Fellow

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Deborah Shenton

Hub Manager

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Elaine Mercer

Communications and Networking Officer

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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

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Hilary Standing

Emeritus Fellow

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Jenny Edwards

Project Manager

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Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

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Naila Kabeer

Emiritus Fellow



Masculinities and Transition

The project will explore the experiences of men and shifting constructions of masculinities in current ‘transition countries’ in order to identify ways to complement women-focused interventions in the Bank’s projects and broader investments to enhance both the resilience of transition, and...

Recent work


Engaging LGBTIQ communities for research

To mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), Stephen Wood takes a look at the ethical and methodological difficulties (and necessity) of conducting research with LGBTIQ communities.

17 May 2018