Institute for Global Health


UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health

The Centre for Gender and Global Health aims to promote a transformative approach to gender and health in research, policy and practice, through collaboration across UCL disciplines, Faculties and with a wide variety of external partners.  Current areas of research focus include: gender-based violence; the intersections of gender, race and marginalisation; constructions of masculinities and femininities; analyses of the policy  environment to address gender-driven risks of non-communicable diseases; analyses of the history of gender in global health policies and programmes.

Strategic Priorities

  • To conduct collaborative research on key areas of gender and global health, including the relationships between individual, community and societal expressions and experiences of gender and their impact on health, and analyses of how global health institutions respond to evidence on gender. 
  • To contribute to the dissemination and uptake of research on gender and health through continued collaboration with NGOs, communities, the media, politicians, policy makers, school children and student groups, in Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and Europe, and dissemination of our work through peer-reviewed publications, policy briefs, talks, panel discussions, the media, and the launch of our first annual Global Health 50:50 - a report on gender mainstreaming within 100+ global health institutions in 2018.  
  • To promote the inclusion of gender in global health teaching through: (1) a multidisplinary teaching module and short course that will expand knowledge and understanding of the Centre's vision of gender transformation for global health, incorporating both theoretical and applied perspectives, and including contributions from across UCL and beyond; (2) teaching on gender in the MSc in Global Health and Development; (3) a collaboration with Students for Global Health (formally known as Medsin UK) to ensure gender and health teaching is mainstreamed into the national medical curriculum.   

See a full list of our research projects