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Tessa Lewin - Research Fellow

Participation, Inclusion and Social Change
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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

Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes.

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The Sexuality and Development project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) Programme, funded by Sida.

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A Progressive Constitution Meets Lived Reality: Sexuality and the Law in South Africa

IDS Evidence Report 7 (2013)

This paper examines two cases of homophobic hate crime in post-apartheid South Africa. It illuminates how activists have used the legal system to address the violence faced by many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex (LGBTQI) South Africans. More details

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New Roles for Communication in Development?

IDS Bulletin 43.5 (2012)

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. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Sexuality and Empowerment: An Intimate Connection

Pathways Policy Paper (2011)

This policy paper demonstrates why sexuality is so important for women’s empowerment, drawing on evidence generated by research carried out by the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment RPC and collaborative initiatives with the DFID-funded IDS Sexuality and Development Programme. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Digital Storytelling

PLA Notes 63 (2011)

Can the North hear?

27 Jul 2012
By Tessa Lewin