Stephen Wood is a Research Officer in the Gender and Sexuality cluster.
Stephen’s current research focus centres around how sexual and gender minorities experience poverty. He is working with a number of key partners to examine how poverty reduction and livelihood policies might benefit from a focus on sexuality that scrutinises their effectiveness and reach amongst marginalised communities. In particular, he is interested in how this experience is gendered and the intersectional discrimination experienced by lesbian, bisexual women and trans people.
He is interested in how participatory action research methodologies can play a role in giving voice to LGBT individuals and some of the methodological difficulties in conducting research with these often hidden or criminalised communities. He is examining the wider use of digital and online platforms for sexual minorities to build community structures, share information and access livelihoods safely.
He also examines the evolving strategies of engagement between southern lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movements and northern LGBT NGOs, as well as the evolving role of aid donors in promoting equality.