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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  4. Scaling up innovation in health

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  9. GAGE baseline qualitative research tools

    Toolkit/guidelines

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

    Research reports

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

    Other

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

    Research reports

  13. Demographic shifts, older women and work

  14. PRESS RELEASE: Older women spend more than double the amount of time than older men on unpaid work – new ODI report

    Press Release

  15. Nepal’s cash allowances for children with disabilities

    Other

  16. The 'social' in 'psychosocial': how gender norms drive psychosocial distress

    Toolkit/guidelines

  17. Disability Summit 2018: how to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind

  18. The role and vulnerabilities of older people in drought in East Africa: progress, challenges and opportunities for a more inclusive humanitarian response

    Research reports

  19. Giving back choice: the Irish Referendum, the Gag Rule and the future for women’s and girls’ rights

  20. Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of children and young people in Viet Nam

    Research reports

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