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Elizabeth Yarrow

Elizabeth Yarrow

Elizabeth Yarrow 

Gendered bodies: institutions, sex binarism, and the experiences of gender minority youth within health and education systems

Supervisor: Dr Robbie Duschinsky (Department of Public Health and Primary Care)



My doctoral research is focused on gender variance in childhood and adolescence, particularly amongst individuals assigned female sex at birth. Through examining the experience of trans, intersex and genderqueer children in their interactions with core social institutions, including schools, health services and the justice system, her work explores how notions of sex, gender, and sexuality organise aspects of identity during childhood; how gendered embodiment is regulated through institutional practice, and the consequences of ‘deviant’ or ‘unintelligible’ embodiment.


I have an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Since graduating in 2007, I have been working in development research, evaluation and programming, undertaking social research projects for UN agencies and NGOs internationally. My recent research has particularly focused on exploring the intersections of childhood, gender, sexuality and violence, and young people’s access to sexual and reproductive rights, in a diversity of countries around the world, including India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and the UK. 


Peer Review articles and book chapters:

Anderson, K., Apland, K., Yarrow, E., ‘Unaccompanied and unprotected: the systemic vulnerability of migrant children in South Africa’, 25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – Conference Book, Tom Liefaar and Julia Sloth-Nielsen (eds), Leiden University Press, (forthcoming) 2015.

Hamilton, C., Yarrow, E., ‘Preventing and Addressing Child Offending: Restorative Justice and Family Focused Programming’ in Women and Children as Victims and Offenders: Background – Prevention – Reintegration. Suggestions for Succeeding Generations, Helmut Kury, Slawomir Redo and Evelyn Shea (eds), Springer, (forthcoming) 2016 edition.

Yarrow, E.& al., ‘Can a restrictive law serve a protective purpose? The impact of age restrictive laws on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health rights’, Reproductive Health Matters, RHM44-001_002, December 2014.

Research reports:

Yarrow, E., ‘Research on the Causes and Consequences of Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Related Behaviours in Northern Shan, Myanmar’, Coram International, 2016

Yarrow, E. et al. ‘Getting the Evidence: Asia Child Marriage Initiative’, Plan Asia, 2015

Anderson, K., Apland, K., Yarrow, E., ‘An Unenforceable Law: An analysis of policy, practice and political narratives shaping the detention and protection of migrant women and children in South Africa’, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, June 2015

Yarrow, E., ‘Young People’s Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Senegal’ International Planned Parenthood Federation, 2014;

Apland, K., Hamilton, C., Blitz, B., Lagaay, M., Lakshman, R., Yarrow, E., ‘Birth Registration and Children’s Rights: A Complex Story’, Plan International, 2014

Yarrow, E., Hamilton, C., Watkins, J., ‘An Assessment to Identify Entry Point into Child Protection within Early Childhood Development in Malawi’ UNICEF, 2012