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Megan is a Senior Research Fellow in the Humanitarian Policy Group. Her research focuses broadly on gender, sexuality, race, and disability in humanitarian contexts. She has conducted research on access and attitudes to sexual and reproductive health and rights; LGBTQ+ experiences of conflict, displacement and peacebuilding; sexual and gender-based violence in and out of conflict; gender and disability in humanitarian and post-conflict settings; sex work and sex tourism; and feminist, postcolonial, and queer politics.

Megan joined the Humanitarian Policy Group as Senior Research Fellow in September 2019. Previously, she has held positions with University of Birmingham, the Gender and Development Network, and the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development, as well as consultancies with International Alert, Christian Aid, and Womankind Worldwide. She sits on the board of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Megan holds a PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics with a thesis on sexual politics in Cuba. Her book, From Cuba with Love: Sex and Money in the Twenty-First Century, was published by the University of California Press in 2015.

  1. Five things we learnt about displacement in 2022

  2. Reproductive justice, sexual rights and bodily autonomy in humanitarian action: what a justice lens brings to crisis response

    Working papers

  3. It’s not just conflict – climate change is also a form of structural gender-based violence

  4. Changing gender norms in displacement: Venezuelans in Bogotá, Cúcuta and Pasto, Colombia

    Working papers

  5. Women leading local humanitarian response during the Covid-19 pandemic

    Working papers

  6. Abortion access and Colombia's legacy of civil war: between reproductive violence and reproductive governance

    Journal issue/article

  7. Think Change episode 5: how can global feminists help fight back on Roe?

  8. How women have led local humanitarian responses during Covid-19

  9. Gender, power and principles in humanitarian action

    Research reports

  10. Humanitarians and the Women, Peace and Security agenda during Covid-19: leading in crisis

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. ‘Stranger danger’ and the gendered/racialised construction of threats in humanitarianism

    Journal issue/article

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. How humanitarians should consider LGBT+ issues in their work

  14. Women, Peace and Security and humanitarianism – 3 ideas for a return to radical action

  15. Why gender matters to internal displacement


  16. World Humanitarian Day 2020: confronting systemic inequality in the sector

  17. Justice, the rule of law and Covid-19: three expert views

  18. Moving forward on gender, livelihoods and financing: submission to UN High-Level Panel on internal displacement

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Covid-19 – why gender matters

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