Our Research

Gender, Violence, and HIV Team


The Gender, Violence, and HIV Team is an interdisciplinary team of researchers, representing many different sectors, and knowledge users, including policy makers, community partners, and the affected community. The team's focus is on building collaborative and comparative research on structural violence and structuration of HIV risk among vulnerable populations both in Canada and globally.

Informed by an ecological perspective, the team brings together interdisciplinary research studies undertaken in Canada and international settings, including Uganda, Thailand, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Bali, and Buenos Aires, which span human rights and policy analyses, social epidemiology, qualitative, ethnographic and community-based research. Through these conceptually linked projects, the team aims to evaluate the impact of criminalized and punitive approaches to HIV, sexuality and drug use, for example in relation to HIV disclosure, sexual minorities, sex work, individual and collective stigma, and ongoing community-led initiatives on the production or reduction of structural and interpersonal violence and HIV infection.

Over the next five years, the team aims to develop a research and knowledge translation platform that will create synergies and address gaps in knowledge, policy and intervention on gender, violence and HIV, and thereby aim to improve the health of vulnerable populations both in Canada and globally.

Read more about the Gender, Violence, and HIV Team Grant

The Ethics Project

The ETHICS Project is a global health community-based research project to better understand the ethical issues of scaling up HIV testing and treatment through Treatment as Prevention (TasP) efforts. The overall goal is to understand the ethical concerns and priorities of marginalized populations regarding the real-world implementation of TasP approaches to HIV testing, treatment, and care. 

This project is funded through a CIHR Community-Based HIV Research Project (PI: Dr. Duff) in two international settings: Bali, Indonesia, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, in partnership with community-led groups in these settings working with trans persons, sex workers, and LGBQ communities.

Read more about the project here.