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Ms Jo Heslop
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7612 6422
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  • Honorary Lecturer
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a specialist in gender, sexuality, violence, education, and international development, working across research, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), policy, practice and teaching. I have also worked across sectors encompassing social development and health in relation to gender and young people in low income contexts. My recent work on multi-partner projects addressing gender discrimination and violence in schools involved leading research and M&E, working with and supporting the development of researchers and activists across the world, and working on how evidence can better inform policy enactment on gender violence in schools. I also teach on postgraduate courses in the fields of gender, health promotion, education and international development.

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I have been engaged in a number of research and consultancy projects which aim to better understand forms of gender violence, coercion and inequalities amongst young people and how best to address these concerns. My specialist inputs are mixed methods and participatory research and monitoring and evaluation of programmes and policy. My approach looks at how forms of gender violence are produced in particular contexts through gendered institutions, discourse and local conditions, and how interventions engage with these.

Over recent years I have been involved in a number of multi-partner multi-country projects addressing gender discrimination and violence in schools, including Stop Violence Against Girls in Schools in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique and Transforming Education for Girl in schools in Nigeria and Tanzania in partnership with ActionAid International. Along with team members, I led the design, execution and analysis of two large scale quantitative and qualitative baseline and endline studies, developed participatory monitoring and evaluation frameworks and tools and lead longitudinal research for these projects. 

For the End Gender Violence in Schools project – in partnership with Unicef – my work involved carrying out policy research and engaging with policymakers to help improve evidence-based policy enactment around addressing gender violence in education in Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Togo, Zambia and globally.

These projects have involved working with and supporting the development of research professionals, activists and policymakers across the world. 

Teaching Summary

I teach on the MA in Education, Gender and International Development (EGID) and MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development (EHPID) and supervise postgraduate work in these areas. I am the Module Leader for Gender, Education and Development, a core module for the EGID MA, and also teach on the module Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation.

I try to use active participatory methods and make close links with research, policy and practice in my teaching, for example sharing new research data and findings for students to engage with, and encouraging students to draw on new conceptual and empirical insights to reflect on practice. I have recently worked on reviewing the Gender, Education and Development module to bring in latest developments in the field and to create a blended online/face to face module, drawing on the UCL Connected Curriculum.

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