Joe Strong (he/him) is a Guest Teacher on the Health and International Development MSc at the Department of International Development, LSE. A mixed-methods, feminist demographer, his research focuses on the intersections and relationships between constructions of masculinities and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His PhD, Troubling Men, examined men’s involvements and the mechanisms that drove these in abortion, emergency contraception, and condom use in Accra, Ghana. The work was conducted in partnership with the NGO Act for Change and included gender transformational workshops with men through an LSE KEI award.
His broader research examines reproductive injustice and covers multiple contexts including Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar), France, Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Poland, United Kingdom, United States, and Zambia. Ongoing work includes in partnership with feminist collectives analysing data from women and pregnant people seeking abortion care and consulting work with the World Health Organisation on maternal, newborn, and child healthcare. His critical methodological work interrogates how demographic data (re)create assumptions and norms, including the representation of sex, pleasure, and sexuality within surveys. This includes analysing the complex social and structure factors that shape interview experiences and the impact this has on data collection. His most recent work considers the role of pregnancy recognition in abortion trajectories.
His upcoming research includes theoretical work queering demographic research, methodological work on the impact of interviewers and structures in shaping abortion research among Rohingya communities (Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar), the roles of men in abortion trajectories during COVID-19 (Poland), and the critical reflections on measuring pregnancy recognition (Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia).
Strong, J., E. Coast, T. Fetters, M. Chiweshe, A. Getachew, R. Griffin and L. Tembo (2023). “I was waiting for my period”: understanding pregnancy recognition among adolescents seeking abortions in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Zambia. Contraception: 110006.
Strong, J., E. Coast, E. Freeman, A. M. Moore, A. H. Norris, O. Owolabi and C. H. Rocca (2023). Pregnancy recognition trajectories: a needed framework. Sexual and Reproducti.ve Health Matters 31(1): 2167552.
Strong, J., Lamptey, N., Kwartelai, N., Owoo, N (2022)., “If I Am Ready”: Exploring the Relationships Between Masculinities, Pregnancy, and Abortion Among Men in James Town, Ghana, Social Science and Medicine, 314:115454; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115454
Strong, J. (2022) Men’s involvement in women’s abortion-related care: a scoping review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 30:1, DOI: 10.1080/26410397.2022.2040774
Strong, J., Coast, E., Nandagiri, R. (2023). Abortion, Stigma, and Intersectionality. In: Liamputtong, P. (eds) Handbook of Social Sciences and Global Public Health. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96778-9_103-1
Strong, J., R. Nandagiri, S. Randall and E. Coast (2023). Qualitative research in demography: marginal and marginalised. How to Conduct Qualitative Research in Social Science. P. Liamputtong. Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar: 147-163.