Dr Ingrid Lynch

DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
TELEPHONE: +27 (0)21 466 8091
EMAIL: ilynch@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Ingrid Lynch is a research specialist and post-doctoral research fellow in the Human and Social Development programme. She is also a research affiliate in the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction Programme at Rhodes University, South Africa. She holds an MA in Research Psychology (2008) and a PhD in Psychology (2013) from the University of Pretoria. She competed a research residency at the University of Michigan in 2010 as part of the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar (UMAPS) programme.

Before joining the HSRC in December 2014, she was appointed as research, advocacy and policy manager at Triangle Project - an NGO concerned with the rights and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. Prior to this, she worked as lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pretoria.

Her areas of research interest include: genders and sexualities; feminist approaches to researching sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV), and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Dr Lynch has published in internationally accredited academic journals and has presented at conferences both locally and abroad. Her most recent work, published in Feminism & Psychology, investigated bisexual women's constructions of marriage and family, attending in particular to the implications of these for notions of heteronormativity.

Recent

Gender outlaws or a slow bending of norms?: South African bisexual women's treatment of gender binaries

A monosexual configuration of sexuality assumes that sexual desire is directed at either men or women. Bisexuality resists a choice between opposition....

"You have to bow right here": heteronormative scripts and intimate partner violence in women

Intimate partner violence is increasingly recognised as occurring not only between heterosexual partners but also in same-sex relationships. Heterogen....

Use and perceptions of public sexual and reproductive health services: a quantitative situational analysis in OR Tambo and Gert Sibande districts

This report presents the findings of a quantitative situational analysis of the use and perceptions of the quality of health care services among healt....

Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of sexual and gender minorities in Gert Sibande district, Mpumalanga: a rapid ethographic assessment

The study reported on in this document builds on research conducted in the second year of the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) three-year progra....

I'm your maker: power, heteronormativity and violence in women's same-sex relationships

This report shares findings of research conducted by Triangle Project, aimed at responding to this knowledge gap and contributing to an improved under....

Hate crime in transitional societies: the case of South Africa

In this chapter the authors examine the nature of hate crime within the context of a post- apartheid project of generating social cohesion and a sense....

Focus on 'the family'?: how South African family policy could fail us

Family policies are intended to provide support, enhance family members' well being, strengthen family relationships, and help families address social....

Gay men as parents and caregivers: information for South African service providers

This booklet includes information from the research project conducted with South African gay and bisexual men, around their parenthood decision-making....

Accelerate cutting-edge research on youth and families

The HSRC has a long history of work focusing on young people, families and diversity. In this article we showcase four projects currently funded by a ....

Stigma resistance in online childfree communities: the limitations of choice rhetoric

People who are voluntarily childless, or 'childfree' face considerable stigma. Researchers have begun to explore how these individuals respond to sti....

Making sexual and reproductive health & rights real in South Africa: a baseline study of selected sites in four provinces: year 1

This report presents insights from a baseline study commissioned by the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) as a research package in AFSA's three-y....

The psychological society of South Africa sexual and gender diversity position statement: contributing towards a just society

In this article, we outline the position statement on sexual and gender diversity adopted by the Psychological Society of South Africa's Council on 24....

Your hate won't change us!: resisting homophobic and transphobic violence as forms of patriarchal social control

This report first highlights some recent cases of hate crimes against LGBTI persons and then examines the broken promise of LGBTI human rights protect....

"I never thought lesbians can be infected": women who have sex with women (WSW) and HIV risk

Research indicates that a substantial number of lesbian and bisexual women and other women who have sex with women (WSW) in South Africa are living wi....

All in the family: fatherhood and family diversity in South Africa

The growing body of South African research on fatherhood has considered its social and cultural significance, especially in relation to gender, class,....

'We go to the bush to prove that we are also men': traditional circumcision and masculinity in the accounts of men who have sex with men in township communities in South Africa

In predominantly isiXhosa-speaking township communities in South Africa, men who have sex with men negotiate their identities and sexual practices alo....

Gay men as parents: analysing resistant talk in South African mainstream media accounts of queer families

There is increasing visibility of dissident sexualities and genders in media debates about families, including resistant discourses that challenge del....

'We can't help you here': the discursive erasure of sexual minorities in South African public sexual and reproductive health services

Worldwide, sexual and gender minorities struggle to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. In South Africa, sexual prejudice is entrenc....

Anti-racist (moral) education: a review of approaches, impact and theoretical underpinnings from 2000 to 2015

Racism is a moral issue and of concern for moral educators, with recent social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter highlighting how far we are from ob....