Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning

Online short course


This course has been cancelled for 2022. Please register interest for 2023.

Overview - Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning


Gender-based violence occurs globally and is prevalent in many forms, including intimate partner violence, rape and coerced sex, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Such forms of gender-based violence have serious impacts on individuals’ physical, sexual and psychological health, as well as their social and economic well-being.

Well-designed research on the causes, and consequences of violence, as well as violence prevention interventions are essential to inform policies and services to prevent and respond to GBV. Conducting action-oriented research on GBV that is robust and carried out in ethical and safe ways requires specific methodological approaches.

The course

This course aims to strengthen participants’ knowledge and skills to conduct or commission technically rigorous, ethical and policy- and service-relevant research on various forms of violence against women.

Launched in 2006, the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at the School is a multi-disciplinary research group that works in partnership with local and international organisations around the world to carry out research on gender-based violence and health. The Centre aims to improve the health and well-being of populations, particularly women and girls, through action-oriented research on the extent, cause and consequences of gender-based violence.

We are experts in the evaluation of complex social interventions to prevent violence, using rigorous, cutting-edge evaluation methods, including randomised controlled trials. We are committed to using our research and our strong global partnerships to inform policies and interventions that promote reductions in gender-based violence.

The course is intended for individuals who have an interest in research on GBV. It will be of particular interest to those who want to strengthen their methodological skills and understanding of GBV research. It is relevant for individuals working on health-related topics such as, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, HIV, mental health and substance use.

Upon completing the course, participants will have a strong understanding of: current gold standard methods to conceptualise and measure violence exposures, various methodological techniques for assessing the relationship between violence and health outcomes; and practical issues faced when meeting ethical and safety obligations.


This is a specialised course focusing on methods to research gender based violence. Participants are expected have some prior familiarity or experience with conducting research, and relevant knowledge about the subject of gender based violence. Teaching will be conducted in English and participants will need sufficient language skills to read course materials and participate actively in group discussions. Participants will be expected to have an undergraduate degree and ideally, some post graduate training in research methods. Knowledge of computers and a basic knowledge of word for Windows and Excel is also essential.

Course fee

This fee covers participation in the course and course materials. If the course fee is to be paid on the applicant’s behalf, please send a letter from the sponsor to confirm this as soon as possible. Otherwise, the applicant will be held personally responsible for payment.

Course objectives
Course objectives - Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning

Course content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Conceptualising and researching various forms of gender-based violence
  • Associations between violence and health: current knowledge
  • Ethics, safety and researcher wellbeing
  • Approaches to researching violence: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, intervention research
  • Developing conceptual frameworks for violence and health research
  • Social and gender norms, masculinities
  • Evaluation research
  • Violence research in health care settings
  • Violence research in humanitarian settings

Teaching methods

This course will run for 2 weeks, with teaching taking place on Monday - Thursday and group work reserved for Friday each week.

The course will be taught through a series of online interactive lectures, practical exercises that also draw on real-life research experience of staff members, group work and assigned reading. Lectures will be taught by LSHTM staff and international visiting lecturers.

How to apply
How to apply - Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning

Applying for this course

Applications are now closed. You can register your interest and we will let you know when applications reopen.

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