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Fiona Samuels

Senior Research Fellow

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Portrait of Fiona Samuels

An anthropologist and social development and health specialist, Fiona has experience managing multi-country research projects with partners in Africa and Asia, on themes including gender-based violence, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, health and HIV vulnerabilities, migration and coping also in fragile/emergency contexts. Fiona has extensive field experience in communities in Asia and Africa, and has worked for a wide range of donors including the World Bank, DFID and UNICEF. Fiona has  undertaken work on gender and social norms, examining the role of community structures and social norms for addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, including women, adolescent girls, children and older people. Fiona also has experience in social protection, researching the role of different social protection strategies (e.g. cash transfers, vouchers, etc.) for addressing vulnerability and building resilience, livelihoods and coping also in relation to health and other shocks and access to health services for vulnerable groups.

  1. Sexual and reproductive health and rights after Covid-19: A forward-looking agenda

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Intersecting exclusions: displacement and gender-based violence among people with diverse sexualities and gender identities in Kenya

    Literature reviews

  3. Impact of Covid-19 on adolescent mental health in Viet Nam and Tanzania

    Working papers

  4. Drivers of and protective factors for mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents: a snapshot from Tanzania and Viet Nam

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. World Food Programme cash assistance in Lebanon: social cohesion between Syrian refugees and host communities

    Research reports

  6. World Food Programme cash assistance in Lebanon: protection outcomes for Syrian refugees

    Research reports

  7. Action urged on teenage pregnancy and HIV, as new report reveals high rates in Homa Bay

    Press Release

  8. Unintended pregnancies and HIV among adolescents and young people: a situation analysis of Homa Bay, Kenya

    Research reports

  9. Frameworks and tools to measure and evaluate mental health and psychosocial well-being

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Use of digital technology among adolescents in the adult entertainment sector in Nepal

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. The gendered experiences of adolescent girls working in the adult entertainment sector in Nepal

    Research reports

  12. Non-digital interventions for adolescent mental health and psychosocial well-being: a review of the literature

    Working papers

  13. Digital approaches to adolescent mental health: a review of the literature

    Working papers

  14. Adolescent girls’ experiences of cross-border and international migration in the adult entertainment sector in Nepal

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Research during Covid-19: learning from practice


  16. Tips for collecting primary data in a Covid-19 era


  17. Covid-19 and health: five expert views

  18. Health in a time of Covid-19 – how and where do we start strengthening health systems?

  19. Covid-19 – why gender matters

  20. A tale of contradictions: understanding the impact of social norms on Nepali men and boys

    Briefing/policy papers

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