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

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  • Dylan Kneale
  • Robert French
  • Helen Spandler
  • Ingrid Young
  • Carrie Purcell
  • Zoë Boden
  • Steven D. Brown
  • Dan Callwood
  • Sarah Carr
  • Alex Dymock
  • Jacqui Gabb
  • Josie Henley
  • Charlotte Jones
  • Nolwazi Mkhwanazi
  • James Ravenhill
  • Paula Reavey
  • Rachel Scott
  • Clarissa Smith
  • Matthew Smith
  • James Thomas
  • Karen Tingay
Article number137
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>19/09/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Wellcome Open Research
Number of pages14
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.