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Linda Waldman

Director of Teaching and Learning

The primary focus of Linda Waldman’s work has been on diverse dimensions of poverty, and the related issues of gender, racial classification, ethnicity and identity.

She obtained her Ph.D. in social anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where her research focused on indigenous identity and nationalism amongst the Griqua of South Africa.

She has also worked on farm workers, gender, environmental policy processes, health and social housing and aid architecture with research experience in Africa, India and the UK. As a member of the STEPS Centre, her research has focused on the comparative study of asbestos-related diseases and on peri-urban sustainability.

Linda is Director of Teaching and Learning at IDS and co-convenes the IDS PhD Progamme with Deepta Chopra.

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Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme

Understanding the links between sexuality, gender plurality and poverty and producing practical options for activists and policymakers for strengthening legal protection of LGBTIQ people and sexuality rights.



The most important questions in choosing postgraduate studies

The past two years have seen Covid-19 reshape how we live and work, but also how we learn. While the level of interest in postgraduate studies remains high, the pandemic has changed how prospective students, including those in development studies, decide where to study. The latest Future Masters...

17 January 2022


Frequently asked questions about our master’s degrees

On 6 March 2021 more than 80 prospective students joined our webinar on international development-related master's degrees. The webinar comprised of a short presentation given by Linda Waldman, Director of Teaching and Learning at IDS, and Ayusha Misra, Student Representative, MA Development...

22 March 2021


What does it take to beat the gender gap in science leadership?

Complex global challenges can only be addressed through meaningful international collaboration and ‘integrated science’ which brings together scientists from different disciplines to co-construct knowledge. Yet the institutions which underpin these international collaborations are by and...

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Becky Faith & 2 others

29 March 2019


Journal Article

‘The Phone is My Boss and My Helper’ – A Gender Analysis of an mHealth Intervention with Health Extension Workers in Southern Ethiopia

Journal of Public Health;Vol. 40, Supplement 2, pp. ii16–ii31

Mobile health (mHealth) provides health services and information via mobile technologies, including mobile phones. There is considerable optimism in mHealth’s potential to overcome health systems’ deficiencies to ensure access to safe, effective and affordable health services. This has led...

7 February 2019

Linda Waldman’s recent work

Past Event

Transforming Bangladesh’s health workforce for sustainable health impact

A virtual national symposium to share learnings from the three-year Trans4m-PH Project (Transformative Competency-Based Public Health Education for Professional Employability in Bangladesh’s Health Sector). This event will discuss the systemic challenges to the local Public Health Curricula...

13 January 2022



Cities have a distinctive role in development processes: they are focal points for economic growth, jobs and innovation but also for poverty, inequality, vulnerability and conflict. Although we can learn from historical processes of urbanisation, there are many new development elements...