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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. Research during Covid-19: learning from practice


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


  3. Covid-19 and health: five expert views

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

  5. Covid-19 – why gender matters

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities


  8. Fiona Samuels on women and girls in healthcare

  9. Family, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health in Cuba: the role of social norms

    Research reports

  10. ‘The woman in the house, the man in the street’: young women’s economic empowerment and social norms in Cuba

    Research reports

  11. Safe ride: tackling gender norms and preventing sexual harassment on public transportation


  12. Scaling up innovation in health

    Research reports

  13. Sexual health and economic empowerment of young women and girls in Cuba: exploring the role of social norms

    Working papers

  14. The potential of Nepal’s social security allowance schemes to support emergency flood response

    Research reports

  15. Beyond building blocks? Identifying and monitoring dynamic drivers of sector performance

    Research reports

  16. Gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities (2019)


  17. GAGE baseline qualitative research tools


  18. Gendered experiences of adolescents: baseline findings from World Vision's Rupantaram adolescent life skills curriculum

    Research reports

  19. Migration Policy Practice 8(3): September – October 2018


  20. Between work and care: older women's economic empowerment

    Research reports

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