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Inge Boudewijn is a post-doctoral research fellow at Northumbria University's Centre for International Development. She is a feminist, interdisciplinary academic, drawing from geography, sociology and anthropology and participatory, creative methodologies, often focusing on the gender and social dimensions of natural research extraction in Latin America. She speaks Spanish, is interested in decolonising the research process and is committed to working in partnership with partners and grassroots organisations in the South. Inge is currently involved on a BA/GCRF funded project, 'RECLAMA: Harnessing Afro-Ecuadorian Women's Heritage' as well as the VSO-funded project ‘Volunteering Together: Blending knowledge and skills for development’


Research interests

Inge's interests include gender and large-scale resource extraction, women’s activism, and volunteering. She is committed to qualitative research conducted through feminist and creative methodologies, and is interested in decolonising research. She is currently involved in two research projects exploring different aspects of these main research interests:

  • 'RECLAMA: Harnessing Afro-Ecuadorian Women's Heritage'. This project works with Afro-Ecuadorian women in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, aiming to create spaces for collective, creative reflection on their identity, as a means of valuing culturally specific narratives, practices, memories, and heritage, while harnessing these for equitable development in the context of large-scale resource extraction, marginalisation and violence. Aiming to approach this project in a decolonial way, this research is conducted with colleagues in Ecuador (USFQ and Mujeres de Asfalto) and funded by British Academy/GCRF.
  •  ‘Volunteering Together: Blending knowledge and skills for development’. Working to develop creative, participatory approaches and methods with VSO country offices and local researchers in Tanzania, Uganda and Nepal, we ask how different types of volunteers working together creates better development outcomes.

Inge is in the process of publishing articles based on her PhD work, concluded in 2019. Here, she critically analysed women’s interactions with, and connections to, landscape, place, and mining projects, in the aftermath of socio-environmental protest in the Peruvian Andes. This work included over seven months of fieldwork in Cajamarca, Peru, where she conducted participant observation, oral history interviews and participatory mapping exercises. Alongside her PhD, she was involved as a research assistant in three different research projects, in Peru, Chile and the UK, which allowed her to further explore her interests in notions of belonging in place, the gendered impacts of natural resource extraction, and visual research methods, notably photography.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Constructing the mine: A critical exploration of women's meaning-making regarding the Yanacocha mine, Peru, Northumbria University

7 Oct 201416 Sept 2019

Award Date: 16 Sept 2019

Life Sciences, MSc, Forest and Nature Management, University of Copenhagen

1 Sept 201012 Sept 2012

Award Date: 12 Sept 2012

Life Sciences, BSc, International Development Studies, Wageningen University & Research

1 Sept 200631 Aug 2010

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010


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