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Inge Boudewijn

My research looks at the lives of women living in a mining affected region of northern Peru, focusing mainly on women anti-mining activists. I am interested in the everyday changes they make, observe and deem important as a result of their involvement in activism, as well as in the narratives of local and gendered identity they employ when discussing it. By examining this, I hope to contribute to the discussion on the specific circumstances and challenges women face in the context of large scale extractivism, and to raise their profile as a distinct group of stakeholders, with their own set of needs and experiences.


Bianca Fadel

Bianca’s PhD project aims to explore the subject of local volunteering in humanitarian and development settings. In partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the research will analyse strengths, vulnerabilities and challenges of volunteers’ simultaneous roles as beneficiaries and actors engaged in humanitarian and development activities in the global South.



Phil Gibby Northumbria UniversityPhil Gibby

The focus of my research is on the impact of the value for money agenda, whereby there is an expectation to maximise impacts through the optimal use of the resources available, on international non-governmental development organisations. There is an underlying ambivalence to the concept amongst staff; they recognise and welcome the importance of the concept but remain unclear on how to proceed. My research explores the factors that have led to this impasse.


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Gabriele has recently submitted a PhD thesis titled 'The Impact of Multinational Transboundary Infrastructures (MTIs) on the Relational Power of Small States: a Case Study of Laos". Gabriele's research investigated the impact of two specific MTIs currently under construction in Laos (the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River mainstream and the Boten-Vientiane High-Speed Railway that will connect China to Thailand passing through Laos) on its relational power with respect to Vietnam and China. 



Laura Hutchinson

Laura’s PhD uses a life history approach to explore the experiences of women’s rights activists in South India, conceptualising how women’s rights activists understand, redefine and reinterpret their activist identity and practice during a period of post-professionalisation, and critically analysing the ways in which they challenge the professionalisation of their identities, through everyday activist practices.


Madeleine le Bourdon

Madeleine’s research explores the idea of global citizenship and how it is practiced in a non-formal international education environment. Her research is conducted in partnership with the NGO CISV. Based on fieldwork in Lucknow, she is particularly exploring the interactions and encounters that take place as people are brought together from different country settings to learn about issues of sustainability and development, and exploring what kinds of citizenship are produced.


Kate -Mukungu ,-Social -Sciences -Ph D-studnet ,-Northumbria -UniversityKate Mukungu

Kate's research on women's collective activism to end violence against women, focuses on post-conflict societies and women's conceptualisation of their activism in that context. Kate has carried out life history interviews with activists in Namibia and Northern Ireland. Key methodological aspects of the fieldwork feature in her published article in Social Sciences, "How Can you Write About a Person who Does Not Exist?": Rethinking Pseudonymity and Informed Consent in Life History Research.


April McAlpine

Patronage, water and women (at the margins): Cambodia’s contaminated groundwater and how poor and marginalised groups negotiate access and rights to safe water in a post-conflict, authoritarian state.


Eleanor Seavor

Eleanor’s PhD is developing a child centred perspective on international volunteering. Volunteering with orphanages in the global South has become a significant part of the international volunteering and gap year industry. Eleanor is using her extensive experience in the sector, to understand and analyse children’s experiences of those volunteers.


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