Dr Shaffa Hameed
Shaffa Hameed is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at LSHTM. Prior to joining ICED, Shaffa undertook a number of qualitative and policy research commissioned by international and local NGOs in the Maldives, contributing to regional and local understanding of social and religious barriers to reproductive health. Her work at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) focused on evaluating programmes and research on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence, with emphasis on strengthening institutional response to these. The common thread throughout Shaffa’s research career has been sexual and reproductive health and rights of vulnerable groups, based on which she completed her doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012.
Shaffa teaches qualitative methods on MSc modules including Global Disability and Health, and Skills for Field Research in Eye Care. She also provides qualitative analysis support to MSc and PhD students doing qualitative and mixed methods research.
Shaffa is on the supervision team for Jane Wilbur (PhD candidate investigating barriers to menstrual hygiene management among persons with intellectual disabilities in Nepal) and Tim O’ Fallon (DrPH candidate exploring access and use of rehabilitation services and assistive devices among persons with disabilities in the Maldives).
Shaffa is a qualitative researcher currently working on mixed methods research including:
- An impact evaluation of the Disability Allowance in the Maldives, which includes a national survey of disability, process evaluation of the programme, and in-depth qualitative research on experience of disability, participation, stigma and quality of life
- National reviews of inclusive policy and employment practices as part of the co-creation phase for the Innovating Pathways for Employment Inclusion (IPEI) project focusing on Kenya and Bangladesh