Research in gender and ethics (RinGs)

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, RinGs brings together four health systems focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC) in a partnership to galvanise gender and ethics analysis in health systems. As well as RESYST, RinGs comprises:

    RESYST and RinGs have collaborated in research that applies a gendered approach to the study of financing, governance and human resources. In addition, as part of their small grants programme, RESYST undertook the following specific studies with RinGs between 2016 – 2018. 

    •  A critical assessment of how health financing reforms aimed at attaining UHC in Kenya can benefit the poor  
    • Intersectionality analysis of the South African Gender and Leadership data 
    • Migrants’ children: access to healthcare and education services in Thailand, an application of intersectionality approach 


    Intersectionality has increasingly been applied to health systems research, especially work that aims to understand and respond to health inequalities.

    Intersectionality has been used as a lens to investigate gender issues in the RESYST gender and leadership study. Researchers have re-analysed data to understand how identity, and specifically the intersection of multiple identities (i.e. gender, race, ethnicity etc.) mediates the career trajectories, leadership approaches and capacities of senior healthcare managers.


    RinGs also help to lead the 'Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on the Ethics of Health Systems Research' and are developing a toolkit on the ethics of researching health systems which is a guide for people in the field. RESYST have contributed to this work through writing briefs about the challenges and benefits of conducting research in learning sites where the researchers are embedded in the context.