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Reproductive Sociology Research Group


Dr Victoria Boydell is a social anthropologist who has carried out research in the UK, the Philippines, El Salvador, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia Herzegovina. After completing her PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2010), she oversaw global monitoring and reporting for the Fund for Gender Equality at UN Women and held a range of positions at the International Planned Parenthood Federation.  She has over 15 years’ experience in the field of family planning, reproductive health and gender equality. Her research addresses issues such as the social and cultural norms of reproduction, contraceptive use dynamics, discontinuation and provider-client interaction. She has also works on issues of community and patient participation and engagement in sexual and reproductive health programs

 Victoria Boydell is now the Rights and Accountability Advisor for the Evidence Project, a research initiative to improve family planning policies, programs, and practices worldwide. She is currently coordinating two studies on community participation in health governance   and field-testing a facility–based assessment on rights based approaches in Uganda.   

2015     Katharine Dow and Victoria Boydell “Introduction: Nature and Ethics Across Geographical, Rhetorical and Human Borders.” Special Edition of Ethnos. (forthcoming) (Co-editor)

2014     Boydell, Victoria, Jill Keesbury, and Kelsey Wright. 2014. “Strengthening the Evidence Base on Social Accountability for Improving Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs” Meeting Report. Washington, DC: Population Council, Evidence Project.

2014     Boydell, Victoria and Jill Keesbury. 2014. “Social Accountability: What are the Lessons for Improving Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs? A Review of the Literature” Working Paper. Washington, DC: Population Council, Evidence Project.


2012     Engaging the‘New’ ASEAN: A Resource Kit on Advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Thailand: Asia Pacific Alliance 

2011     Scorecard on World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan. London: IPPF.

2010     ‘Young people rights and services: Adopting a sex positive approach guide for services providers’ London: IPPF.

2009     Guide on how to generate political priority. London: IPPF. (sole author)

2009     The Funding Formula: A Guide to Effective Resource Mobilization. London: IPPF. (co-author)

2008     ACTNOW: Reference Guide for Advocacy. London: IPPF. (contributing Author)

2007     ‘The difficult birth of free contraception in Britain’ in The British Journal of Sexual Medicine, 30 (2).

2006     ‘Pleasure and Prevention: When Good Sex is Safer Sex’ in Reproductive Health Matters, 14 (28). (co author)

Dr. Victoria  Boydell