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Pauline Oosterhoff - Research Fellow

Gender and Sexuality


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Pauline Oosterhoff, PhD, MA, MPH has over 20 years' international experience in pioneering research, advisory services and media production on sexuality, SRHR, health, human rights and development. She has worked with international NGOs, the United Nations, bilateral donors, private foundations, universities, media organizations, and the private sector.

She is interested in using mixed-methods research and public engagement to support inclusive and effective policy and practice in physical and digital environments. Her academic research is grounded in a decade of award-winning program design and management in emergency and development settings in Africa and Asia as well as international media production.

Most of Pauline's current work is focused on innovations and trans disciplinary research, monitoring, evaluation and learning. She relishes using mixed and participatory methods linking online and offline settings and collaborations between researchers, communities and artists. She works both on small boutique projects and on multi-million-dollar multi-country research and evaluation programs involving dozens of partners. She has particular expertise with the engagement of marginalized or discriminated groups including key populations, refugeees, people involved in risky migration or modern slavery and indigenous people.

Ms Oosterhoff has developed and written dozens of international peer-reviewed articles, assessments, manuals, and training curriculums. She also produced dozens of documentaries, talk shows, installations, immersive and performative events. Pauline has masters'degrees in both political science and international public health and a PhD in medical anthropology.

A participatory action-learning and knowledge sharing programme to improve WFPs gender-mainstreaming practices.

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Anthropologists from around the world providing advice on how to engage with crucial socio-cultural and political dimensions of the Ebola outbreak and build locally-appropriate interventions.

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Providing an in-depth understanding of determinants of domestic violence in Ghana, to strengthen advocacy and advance legal, policy and programmatic interventions aimed at countering domestic violence in Ghana.

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This is a mid-term evaluation of the Bridging the Gaps Programme a global program operating in 16 countries across all the main key populations at-risk for HIV.

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We are working on three projects in India and Nepal using participatory methods to better understand the complex dynamics of slavery and bonded labour and to generate and test community-led solutions.

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This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 481, 'Sex Education in the Digital Era'.

Sex Education in the Digital Era

IDS Bulletin 48.1 (2017)

Exploring sex and sexual relationships is an important part of adolescence, and therefore sex education should have a central role in adolescent emotional development as well as dealing with crucial public-health issues. More details

Participatory Statistics to Measure Prevalence in Bonded Labour Hotspots in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar: Report of Preliminary Findings of the Baseline Study

The Institute of Development Studies has been carrying out a programme of research, learning and evaluation in relation to the Freedom Fund ‘hotspot’ in northern India, a project that seeks to reduce bonded labour in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. More details


Transgender at Work: Livelihoods for Transgender People in Vietnam

IDS Evidence Report 167 (2016)

The laws in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam promote equality for all citizens and refer to ‘persons’ rather than ‘men’ or ‘women’. However, because of traditional gender norms, transgender people in Vietnam are facing severe stigma and discrimination in public, in schools, at home and in the workplace (CCIHP 2011; Hoang 2012; ICS 2015; iSEE 2013). More details

IDS Evidence Report 137 Front Cover

Constitutional Reforms and Access to HIV Services for Women in Low-resource Settings in Nairobi, Kenya

IDS Evidence Report 137 (2015)

After more than two decades of agitation for a new constitution, the violence that followed Kenya’s 2007 presidential elections finally led to a reform movement to overhaul the way the country was governed. On 4 August 2010, voters approved a new Constitution by a clear majority, reflecting a widespread desire for change. More details

Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Relief Efforts

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 8 (2014)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 15 per cent of the world’s population, or one billion people, have some form of disability. More details

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Running back to life – a story of modern slavery in the Netherlands

14 Dec 2017
By Sameena van der Mijden , Pauline Oosterhoff

Robots against Slavery?

18 Oct 2017
By Pauline Oosterhoff

Prohibition, Indian-style

29 Mar 2017
By Pauline Oosterhoff, Rituu B. Nanda

Can porn be a positive for sex education?

21 Dec 2016
By Pauline Oosterhoff

Tough Shit: What's the link between diarrhoea and bonded labour?

02 Dec 2016
By Danny Burns, Pauline Oosterhoff, Rituu B. Nanda

Banning alcohol to protect girls? India is missing the mark

12 May 2016
By Pauline Oosterhoff, Carol Smithyes
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Thematic Expertise:
Digital technologies and ICTs; Gender; Health; Participatory methodologies; Reducing Inequalities; Rights; Sexuality; Work and Labour.

Geographic Expertise:
Bangladesh; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Cambodia; China; Croatia; Côte d Ivoire; France; Guinea; India; Indonesia; Kenya; Laos; Mozambique; Nepal; Netherlands; Nigeria; Pakistan; Philippines; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Thailand; Togo; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States; Viet Nam; Zambia.