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Prof Kate Maclean


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Professor Kate Maclean joined the Centre for International Development in 2019, and is interested in feminist geographies of development and globalization.  Prior to coming to Northumbria she held a Senior Lectureship in Geography at Birkbeck, University of London (2013-19), where she was also Director of Birkbeck Gender Sexuality, and a Lectureship in Geography at King’s College London (2008-2013).  Her research has attracted funding from the Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, British Academy, National Science Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, and the Developmental Leadership Programme.  She has worked on urban violence and governance in Medellín, rural development in Bolivia, informal markets, gender and the financial crisis, microfinance, and the middle classes and urbanisation in the global south.  She is author of the monograph Social Urbanism and the Politics of Violence: The Medellín Miracle, is co-editor of the volume Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon, and her peer reviewed publications can be found in journals of geography, development, and cultural studies.  In addition to her written work, she has collaborated with the photographer davidxgreen on the exhibition Decolonising witchcraft: Portraits of traditional healers in Bolivia and made a collaborative short film as part of her Leverhulme Project The Aymara Bourgeoisie, viewable here

If you are interested in pursuing PhD study with Kate please email her directly with a brief summary of your proposal.

Read Kate Maclean's latest piece for The Conversation, Women leaders and coronavirus: look beyond stereotypes to find the secret to their success

Kate Maclean

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Feminist geography
  • Feminist political economy
  • Gender and finance
  • 'Middle classes' in the Global South
  • Latin America
  • Urbanisation
  • Urban violence and governance
  • Informal markets
  • Microfinance

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Shifts to Global Development: is this a reframing of power, agency and progress?, Hope, J., Freeman, C., Maclean, K., Pande, R., Sou, G. 30 Sep 2021, In: Area
  • Fashion in Bolivia’s cultural economy, Maclean, K. 1 Mar 2019, In: International Journal of Cultural Studies
  • Envisioning gender, indigeneity and urban change: the case of La Paz, Bolivia, Maclean, K. 4 May 2018, In: Gender, Place, and Culture
  • Gendering the City: the lived experience of transforming cities, urban cultures and spaces of belonging, Butcher, M., Maclean, K. 4 May 2018, In: Gender, Place, and Culture
  • Disarming charisma? Mayoralty, gender and power in Medellín, Colombia, Maclean, K. 1 Jul 2017, In: Political Geography
  • Ninguna ciudad común: Lo que la teoría urbana crítica puede aprender de La Paz (Bolivia), Maclean, K. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal de Comunicación Social
  • Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon, Bateman, M., Maclean, K. May 2017
  • Gender, risk and the Wall Street alpha male, Maclean, K. 3 Jul 2016, In: Journal of Gender Studies
  • Sanity, “madness,” and the academy, Maclean, K. 1 Jun 2016, In: Canadian Geographer / Geographie Canadien
  • (Mis)use of evidence in microfinance programming in the global south: a critique, Duvendack, M., Maclean, K. 11 Aug 2015, In: Contemporary Social Science

PGR Supervision

Gulnar Hasnain A development approach to tackling violent crime in major cities: The role of mayors, populism, charisma and evidence on policy interventions. Start Date: 01/10/2020


  • PhD July 31 2008
  • Women's Studies MSc October 01 2004
  • Philosophy MA (Hons) July 31 1997
  • Post Graduate Certificate Academic Practice, King's College London 2009

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