Stephen Thompson is a social scientist who has worked in international development for over fifteen years. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Participation Inclusion, and Social Change research cluster.
His current research mainly focuses on disability and inclusion. He works mainly on the Disability Inclusive Development and Inclusion Works programmes, which consider how people with disabilities in low income contexts can be included in various aspects of everyday life. He also has research interests in education (with a particular focus on inclusive education and tertiary education), nutrition and health. He is currently interested in participatory methodologies and sustainable development.
He has worked for both research institutes and non-government organisations in both Europe and Africa. He completed his doctorate at the Technological University Dublin in collaboration with University KwaZulu Natal, as an African Vision Research Institute Scholar, focusing on the social and economic impact of visual impairment in Mozambique.
He has completed a number of research consultancies in international development for various aid agencies including those belonging to the UK, Irish, Swiss, Australian, and Norwegian governments, as well as for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, and various non-government organisations. Stephen is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a teaching assistant for the Ideas in Development Module at IDS. He has also lectured at the University of Brighton for the Global Social Policy module of the Social Science degree. He sits on the Editorial Steering Committee for the IDS Bulletin research journal. He is a Trustee for the non-government organisation Vision Aid Overseas.