Notes on Contributors
Isabelle Amazon-Brown is Head of Programme Design at
Every1Mobile, a 'mobiles4good' organisation working with the charitable
and development sectors to implement digital solutions across education,
health and livelihoods in Africa. Isabelle has designed and managed
online communities for clients including the Department for International
Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID), with a focus on sexual and reproductive health
and rights (SRHR) and gender. Most recently, she led on the design of
a gender empowerment mobile course for Nigerian youth, an online
community for Kenyan shopkeepers and a digital literacy site for South
African teenage girls. She is interested in taking participatory approaches
to solution design, working with end users to co-develop solutions.
Michelle Chakkalackal is a public health researcher, strategist and
writer. Michelle is co-founder and global content strategist for the
award-winning Love Matters programme. She is fascinated by what
data can tell us about people's health needs, and turns these insights
into products people can use to improve their lives. Love Matters
delivers SRHR information to young people in countries where these
topics are censored or taboo. It operates in five languages and six
countries, and its sites have had more than 50 million visits over the
past five and a half years.
Kristen Cheney has been conducting child and youth participatory
research in eastern Africa since 2000, including several studies that
explore issues of youth sexual and reproductive health. Her work
takes an explicitly child-centred approach that considers how children
experience and respond to various hegemonic institutional and
structural elements of global and local development practices. Her
book, Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV/AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2017) draws on youth participatory
ethnographic research with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) to
examine issues of social exclusion, policy, and protection for children
affected by HIV/AIDS.
Jennie Gamlin is a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Global Health, London where she has been based since 2004. For two decades Jennie has worked between the UK and Mexico on the overlap between anthropology, development and global health. She worked for several years in reproductive and sexual health non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Mexico before developing her own research on maternal health in indigenous communities. Jennie is currently developing new research on sexuality, gender and structural violence, and leading a partnership between UCL and Latin American universities on critical medical anthropology and its role in global health research.
Natalia Herbst holds a MA in Development Studies (IDS, University
of Sussex) and a BA in International Studies (Universidad Torcuato Di
Tella, Argentina), and is former Fulbright scholar. Natalia has worked
in the Government of the City of Buenos Aires where she led a team
of advisers on diversity and inclusion policies, with a focus on youth,
sexual diversity and SRHR. She has extensive research experience
in Latin American international relations. She has focused on Haiti,
Brazil, South–South cooperation, international health cooperation and
the emergence of rising powers. She has published in Foreign Affairs
Latinoamérica and the Iberoamerican Journal of Development Studies, among
Annah Kamusiime is a lecturer at Bugema University Kampala and
Programmes Manager with Nascent RDO. She is a social development
worker with over ten years' experience in social development, advocacy,
and research. She holds a MA in Gender Studies and a BA in Social
Sciences from Makerere University, graduating in 2010 and 1997
respectively, and a postgraduate certificate in research and writing
from the Center for Basic Research in Kampala. Annah is also a
CODESRIA laureate of 2015. Her experience involves implementation
of research and development projects related to girls' education,
child labour, SRHR, child protection and Early Childhood Care and
Catherine Müller is a Research Fellow at IDS. As a trained economist
and applied researcher, she has gained in-depth knowledge of
both quantitative and qualitative research design and data analysis
methodologies in many different country contexts in Europe, Africa,
the MENA region, South Asia and Latin America. Her main research
interests are gender-based violence in general, and violence against
women and girls in conflict and humanitarian crisis settings in particular;
women's (economic) empowerment; unpaid care work; and sexual and
reproductive health issues, particularly in relation to sex education.
Pauline Oosterhoff is a Research Fellow at IDS. She has over 20 years'
international experience in research, advisory services and media
production on sexuality and SRHR working with international NGOs,
the United Nations, bilateral donors, private foundations, universities
and the private sector. She is interested in the ways research and public
engagement can support progressive, inclusive and effective policy and
practice. Pauline relishes using mixed and participatory methods linking
online and offline settings and works in multidisciplinary teams. In
addition to her research and advisory work, she produces documentary
films, installations and immersive interactive events.
Anne Philpott has worked and lived in the UK, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand for NGOs, front-line service delivery and management of large donor programmes. She ran the UK's first teenage pregnancy prevention project, initiated many of the world's first female condom national programmes, and worked in South Africa during the first years of the AIDS epidemic. She has often innovated ideas that then become accepted, most relevantly inclusion of pleasure dialogues in sex education. She has a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and is published widely in peer-reviewed journals and the media.
Kelly Shephard is Head of Open Knowledge and Digital Services at
IDS. Kelly is a storyteller. Her prime interest lies in the thoughtful use
of technology to share and shape information. After spending 16 years
working for BBC World Service, Kelly transferred her journalistic skills
to the world of international development. Her move to IDS in 2011
was led by a desire to be as much involved in the process as the product.
Her skills, which were shaped in a multimedia environment, enable
her to see clarity in complex material and present it in compelling and
Arushi Singh is a pleasure and sexual rights advocate with The Pleasure
Project. She works with several international NGOs and United Nations
agencies on programme design, capacity building, and qualitative
evaluation for SRHR. Her main interests are in sexuality, gender, rights,
and sex-positive, pleasure-based approaches to sexual health, especially
for adolescents and young people. Arushi has formerly worked with the
International Planned Parenthood Federation's Asia Regional Office,
Amnesty International's India Office, and the Commonwealth Youth
Programme's Asia Centre. She has worked mainly in South Asia, and
more recently in South-East Asia, and East and Southern Africa.
Lindsay van Clief is a sex educator living and working in the Netherlands. She works as a Content Producer at Love Matters where she oversees the creation of SRHR content. She has a master's degree from the University of Amsterdam in Gender and Sexuality studies.
Maaike van Heijningen is an anthropologist and digital media
specialist working for Love Matters. She is a recent graduate from
Utrecht University with a master's degree in New Media and Digital
Culture, and previously graduated from Leiden University with a
master's degree in Anthropology, specialising in visual methods, media
Linda Waldman is a Research Fellow in the Health and Nutrition
Cluster, and Director of Teaching and Learning at IDS. As a social
anthropologist, her research is focused on the intersections between
health, poverty, gender and policy. She has researched indigenous people,
farm workers and adolescence, peri-urban ecosystems and sustainability;
asbestos-related diseases; zoonotic disease; and ICTs and health systems.
Linda has research experience in Africa, South Asia and the UK.
Anteneh Mekonnen Yimer has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Addis Ababa University. He has a wide range of experience in teaching, consultancy and research planning, coordination, monitoring, evaluation, analysis and report writing in social work for government institutions, universities and humanitarian organisations such as the Ethiopian Civil Service University, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Institute of Social Studies – Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has conducted various youth-focused research as a national consultant on comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and trainings for youth – such as university students, volunteers and youth leaders – on topics including CSE, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and gender.