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Stephen Wood

Research Officer

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.

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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.



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


Making transgender murder victims visible

To mark 2016's Transgender Day of Remembrance, IDS's Stephen Wood and partners at Transgender Europe highlight the intersections of discrimination faced by the transgender community post Brexit and Trump.

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Stephen Wood & 2 others

18 November 2016



VAWG Legislation – Helpdesk Research Report

VAWG Helpdesk Research Report;156

The purpose of this VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) Helpdesk paper is to provide a brief overview of what types of legislative reform are most effective in protecting women and girls from VAWG.

30 January 2018

Stephen Wood’s recent work