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Tessa Lewin

Research Fellow

Tessa Lewin is a Zimbabwean/South African currently based in the UK. She is a social scientist and digital media artist with experience in action research and project management. She is a leading innovator in the use of diverse audio-visual technologies in development research, with substantial experience as a trainer in this regard.

She is currently a Research Fellow and Communications Manager for Pathways of Women’s Empowerment.

Thematic Interest

Media, communication, digital technology, gender, sexuality, film, arts-based and visual methodologies.

Selected other Projects



Journal Article

Real World: Empowering Representations of Women through Film

IDS Bulletin Vol. 43 Nos. 5

This article makes an argument for the added value of the use of documentary film in development research communication. It draws broadly on the specific experience of the Real World film scheme developed by the Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium and Creative England,...

12 September 2012

Journal Article

Approaches to Development Research Communication

IDS Bulletin Vol. 43 Nos. 5

This article traces the co‐evolution between models of research communication and development. It looks at how creative and visual methods fit into this trajectory. It argues that the current growth in the accessibility of communication technologies has emerged alongside a strong revival of...

Zachary Patterson

12 September 2012

Journal Article

New Roles for Communication in Development?


This Bulletin explores the significant shift in the landscape of research communications in development in recent years and how this might give us new understandings of what drives social change and policy influence.

1 September 2012

Tessa Lewin’s recent work