Conducting sexualities research : an outline of emergent issues and case studies from ten Wellcome-funded projects

Kneale, Dylan and French, Robert and Spandler, Helen and Young, Ingrid and Purcell, Carrie and Boden, Zoë and Brown, Steven D. and Callwood, Dan and Carr, Sarah and Dymock, Alex and Eastham, Rachel and Gabb, Jacqui and Henley, Josie and Jones, Charlotte and McDermott, Elizabeth and Mkhwanazi, Nolwazi and Ravenhill, James and Reavey, Paula and Scott, Rachel and Smith, Clarissa and Smith, Matthew and Thomas, James and Tingay, Karen (2019) Conducting sexualities research : an outline of emergent issues and case studies from ten Wellcome-funded projects. Wellcome Open Research, 4. pp. 1-14. ISSN 2398-502X (

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This letter seeks to synthesise methodological challenges encountered in a cohort of Wellcome Trust-funded research projects focusing on sexualities and health. The ten Wellcome Trust projects span a diversity of gender and sexual orientations and identities, settings; institutional and non-institutional contexts, lifecourse stages, and explore a range of health-related interventions. As researchers, we originate from a breadth of disciplinary traditions, use a variety of research methods and data sources. Despite this breadth, four common themes are found across the projects: (i) inclusivity, representations and representativeness, (ii) lumping together of diverse groups, (iii) institutions and closed settings (iv) ethical and governance barriers.


Kneale, Dylan, French, Robert, Spandler, Helen, Young, Ingrid, Purcell, Carrie, Boden, Zoë, Brown, Steven D., Callwood, Dan, Carr, Sarah, Dymock, Alex, Eastham, Rachel, Gabb, Jacqui, Henley, Josie, Jones, Charlotte, McDermott, Elizabeth, Mkhwanazi, Nolwazi, Ravenhill, James, Reavey, Paula, Scott, Rachel, Smith, Clarissa, Smith, Matthew ORCID logoORCID:, Thomas, James and Tingay, Karen;