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Stephen Thompson

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Stephen Thompson is a social scientist who has worked in international development for over a decade. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Participation research cluster. His research mainly focuses on disability and inclusion. He works on the Disability Inclusive Development and Inclusion Works programmes. Stephen also works on the Knowledge and Evidence for Development programme, assisting the UK Department for International Development with evidence use and policy creation.

He also has research interests in education, nutrition and health. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has worked for both research institutes and non-government organisations in both Europe and Africa. He has researched and published studies on blindness and visual impairment. He completed his doctorate at the National Optometry Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology, as an African Vision Research Institute Post Graduate Student. His thesis was on the social and economic impact of visual impairment in Mozambique. Stephen was formally the Project Manager for the Mozambique Eyecare Project, where he spent a number of years developing the optometry programme at Universidade Lurio, Mozambique.

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Stephen Thompson’s recent work


Disability in Syria

K4D Helpdesk Report 056

This rapid review is based on 5 days of desk-based research. It is designed to provide a brief overview of the key issues, and a summary of pertinent evidence found within the time permitted.

8 March 2017

Development Frames

In Small Places

First runner up Dust in his eyes. Dirt under his nails. Debris in his hair. As the smoke rose and the ash settled, Amjad made the decision then and there that he had to get out. He had been sitting on the remains of a low wall, two blocks from where the maternity hospital was hit. Shrapnel had...

1 December 2016


School-related Violence

K4D Helpdesk Report

It is recognised that the topic of school-related violence is complex and multifaceted. While this report aims to offer a useful synthesis of the evidence available, as well as relevant case studies and policy recommendations, it only scratches the surface of a very large and pressing global...

21 October 2016


HEART Nutrition Topic Guide

This Topic Guide has been compiled to provide an overview of undernutrition in the context of development. It covers the nature, scale and complex range of causes of undernutrition and summarises the evidence for what works to address the problem.

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Jessica Meeker & 2 others

1 October 2013