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Dr Andrew Gibbs

Dr Andrew Gibbs

Senior Lecturer

 Washington Singer 116


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK




I am a social psychologist applying these theories and approaches to understanding and addressing a range of global health challenges, particularly behavioural and structural interventions focused on violence against women and girls, and HIV-prevention/treatment.

As well as my appointment at Exeter, I am an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute for Global Health at University College London, and Honorary Associate at the Gender and Health Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council and an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal. I received my PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2015.


I received my PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) in 2015 and my thesis was titled: Reconstructing Masculinities: A social-psychological approach to participation and masculinities in the context of HIV. Prior to that I received my MSc in Health, Community and Development, from the Institute of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics in 2006, and a BSc(Hons) in Economics and International Development in 2004 from the University of Bath. 


Research interests

I am broadly interested in understanding how structural and social factors become embedded and internalized in individuals’ identities and practices and the impacts of this on their health, and how people individually or through structured interventions, can work to resist and transform their situations. My early work has focused substantially on men and masculinities, as well as economic interventions, and the processes of change in interventions. Increasingly my work is exploring the benefits and challenges of the co-production of knowledge and interventions, and the centrality of emotions in understanding identities and health practices.

The majority of my research is focused on South Africa, particularly young people living in marginalised settings (primarily urban informal settlements), though I have worked on projects in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. My work specifically focuses on those who experience social, economic and/or political marginalisation.

Research projects

Current Projects

2020-2023 Global Challenges Research Fund/UKRI: An inter-disciplinary approach to understanding and intervening on contextual factors that shape HIV-risk for young women and men in South Africa. £1,737,113 Role: PI with Jenevieve Mannell

Previous Projects

2020-2022  Women’s Refugee Commission, Inc. Expanding Learning on the Effectiveness of Integrating Gender-based Violence Response and Cash and Voucher Assistance in Humanitarian Settings: US$35,600 (£28,416) Role: Consultant

2020-2021 Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Zethembe: US$149,000 (£118,934) (Role: Co-investigator)

2020-2021 UK MRC/UKRI, Adapting the Stepping Stones intervention to strengthen HIV-related outcomes, and enable scale- up, for young men in South Africa: £149,000 (Role: Co-investigator)

2015-2019 What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women? Global Programme (DfID), Stepping Stones and Creating Futures Intervention Trial. £800,000 (£400,000 research) (Role: PI)

2015-2019 What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women? Global Programme (DfID), Women for Women International Evaluation. £300,000 (Role: Co-investigator)



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