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Inge Adriana Maria Boudewijn

PhD

In 2010, I obtained a Bachelor (BSc) degree from Wageningen University (The Netherlands) in International Development with a specialisation in Rural Development Sociology and a minor in Forest and Nature Conservation. After that, I went on to pursue a Masters Degree (MSc) in Forest and Nature Management from Copenhagen University, also obtaining a Global Environmental Governance certificate. These different choices reflect my interests in development sociology and the natural environment. For my master thesis, I spent two months doing fieldwork in Cambodia on the topic of social inclusion and equitable benefit sharing in Community Forestry, with a focus on gender and poverty.

After obtaining my degree, I worked as a campaigner for the Belgian NGO CATAPA, on their campaign to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of open pit gold mining in Latin America. I’ve also worked as a Project Assistant at the Dutch NGO OtherWise on their Human Right to a Liveable Environment theme, which is currently focusing on the impacts of extractive industries worldwide.

Qualifications

MSc Forest and Nature Management from Copenhagen University, 2012

BSc International Development Studies from Wageningen University, 2010

Research Project

The Gendered Impacts of Mining and Mining Conflicts in the Andes.

Research Group

Centre for International Development

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

The focus of my project is the Gendered Impacts of Mining and Mining Conflicts in the Andes region. The extractive industries are a growing sector in many Latin American countries, and local resistance is growing as negative impacts become more obvious and serious.

Both resistance to mining and mining activities can have profound effects on the day to day lives of women in rural communities. My interest is in the changing of community and household dynamics both in the exploration and exploitation phase of large scale mining. Some of the potential impacts are changes in viability of subsistence agriculture, for which women are mainly responsible, as a result of the environmental impact of mining, the changing importance and size of income streams into communities, prostitution, alcoholism and violence against women. Yet little research has been done on the effects of large scale mining on the daily lives of women; therefore, these are some of the topics I hope to explore in my PhD project.

Contact

Inge.boudewijn@northumbria.ac.uk

Supervisors

Dr. Katy Jenkins
Dr. Mary Laing


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