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

    Working papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Research during Covid-19: learning from practice

    Event

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  5. Covid-19 and health: five expert views

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

  7. Covid-19 – why gender matters

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  10. Fiona Samuels on women and girls in healthcare

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  14. Scaling up innovation in health

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  19. GAGE baseline qualitative research tools

    Toolkit/guidelines

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

    Research reports

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