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Fiona Samuels

Senior Research Fellow

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Portrait of Fiona Samuels

Fiona is an anthropologist with extensive research experience crossing the fields of public health and social development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. She currently focuses on the intersection of health, poverty, risk and vulnerability with a particular interest in gender, adolescence, social protection and mental health and psychosocial well-being. She is also Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

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. Mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents in Viet Nam

    Research reports

  2. 'Let's learn together': co-creating mental health solutions with adolescents in Tanzania and Viet Nam

    Case/country studies

  3. Why LGBTQI+ services must be intersectional

  4. Intersecting exclusions: experiences of violence and displacement among LGBTQI+ communities in Kenya

    Research reports

  5. The effects of covid-19 on the lives of adolescent girls and young women in the adult entertainment sector in Nepal

    Research reports

  6. ‘We feel sad and bored’: Covid-19 impacts on mental health of adolescents in Viet Nam

    Case/country studies

  7. Preventing school dropout and early marriage in Nepal

    Research reports

  8. Lessons from conducting research on mental well-being of adolescents in Viet Nam and Tanzania during Covid-19

    Case/country studies

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Literature reviews

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

    Working papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Press Release

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

    Research reports

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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