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Laura Hutchinson

Laura Hutchinson Northumbria UniversityQualifications

MSc Social Research, Northumbria University, 2008
BA(Hons) History and Politics, Newcastle University, 2005

Research Interests

Laura’s research interests are focus on women’s activism and identities, colonial and post-colonial histories, political economy and feminist methodologies.

PhD Project

The Private Feminists: public and private activism in Indian NGOs

Laura’s thesis seeks to address how the changing development economy of India affects female NGO activists in Tamil Nadu, India. It reviews NGO practices and issues, including growing competitiveness and neo-liberal economic creep into development practice. The thesis, will hopefully, depict a new NGO model that has been changed by the economic, political and cultural forces they encounter which in turn affects how women practice their activism. As such it will develop conceptualisations of private feminisms, that along with the economic changes experienced by NGOs, speaks to issues within the IWM and to wider understandings of how feminists and women’s activists imagine their public and private selves.


Recent conference papers

Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Conference, Nottingham, UK (21 – 23 June 2013). Panel co-convenor Negotiating Neoliberalism: Uncovering Narratives of Women’s Everyday Activism in Changing Times. Paper presented ‘Pursuing Small Revolutions: personal actions and resistance day by day in India’

4th International Emotional Geographies Conference in Groningen, Netherlands (1 -3 July 2013). Paper presented ‘Awkward Encounters in the Field: Reflections on emotion Reponses to difficult data’

Royal Geographical Society Conference, London, UK (28 – 30 August 2013). Paper Presented: ‘Intimate Feminism: narratives of everyday dissent in India’

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