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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. Demographic shifts, older women and work

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

    Press Release

  3. Nepal’s cash allowances for children with disabilities


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


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

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

    Research reports

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

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

    Research reports

  9. Cash Transfer Programming: taking stock and looking ahead


  10. Psychosocial support for adolescent girls in post-conflict settings: beyond a health systems approach


  11. The social and political potential of cash transfers


  12. A promise of tomorrow: the effects of UNHCR and UNICEF cash assistance on Syrian refugees in Jordan

    Research reports

  13. The effects of UNHCR and UNICEF cash assistance on Syrian refugees in Jordan

  14. Exploring Nepali adolescents' gendered experiences and perspectives

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Podcast series: transforming the world for girls

  16. Drivers of health system strengthening: learning from implementation of maternal and child health programmes in Mozambique, Nepal and Rwanda


  17. Men and intimate partner violence: from research to action in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan

    Research reports

  18. Understanding intimate partner violence in Bangladesh through a male lens

    Research reports

  19. Understanding intimate partner violence in Nepal through a male lens

    Research reports

  20. Tackling intimate partner violence in South Asia: why working with men and boys matters for women

    Research reports

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