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Ms Jo Heslop
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7612 6422
  • 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, policy, practice and teaching. I have worked across sectors encompassing social development and health in relation to gender and young people, particularly adolescence, sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV/AIDS.

I recently worked on two multi-partner projects addressing gender discrimination and violence in schools in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Mozambique. 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. This work involved working with and supporting the development of research professionals and activists across the world. My specialist inputs are mixed methods and participatory research and  monitoring and evaluation.
I also teach on the MA in Gender, Education and International Development and regularly supervise postgraduate work in this area.

Sub-Saharan Africa:
  • Ghana (gender equality in education, women's empowerment, violence against girls in schools)
  • Kenya (violence against girls in schools, gender equality in education)
  • Mozambique (violence against girls in schools, gender equality in education)
  • Tanzania (gender equality in education, women's empowerment, health systems, HIV programming and policy)
  • Nigeria (gender equality in education, health systems, HIV programming and policy)
  • Zambia (gender, sexuality and HIV vulnerability, young people, participatory research, health systems, HIV programming and policy)
  • Zimbabwe (health and sex education in schools, HIV/AIDS prevention, peer education, gender equality)
  • South Africa (health systems, HIV programming and policy)
  • Malawi (sexual and reproductive health services)
  • Uganda (health education in schools, peer education, young people)
  • Rwanda (health systems, HIV programming and policy


  • Pakistan (sexual and reproductive health, women's empowerment and HIV)
  • India (sexual and reproductive health, young people and gender)
  • Thailand (Sexual and reproductive health and women's empowerment among refugees)

Languages spoken
  • French (intermediate), Shona, Ndebele (basic)

Languages written
  • French (intermediate)

Research Summary

My research areas
  • Gender
  • Education
  • Abuse
  • Sexual health
  • Action research
  • Comparative analysis
  • Design
  • Evaluation
  • Intervention
  • Longitudinal
  • Mixed methods
  • Partnerships
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Culture
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Family
  • Poverty
  • Rights

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