Personal profile

Research interests

Katy’s research interests coalesce around two key thematic and overlapping areas – gender and development, specifically gender and large-scale resource extraction; and secondly, community volunteering and activism, with a focus on women’s community organising and volunteering. In relation to both of these areas, Katy’s research prioritises feminist, participatory and creative methodologies, including visual methods.

Gender and large-scale resource extraction

Katy’s research focuses on the gendered impacts and experiences of large-scale resource extraction, particularly mining, specifically in the Andean countries of Latin America. Katy is interested in understanding the ways in which women are impacted by, and respond to, the social, environmental and political impacts of large-scale mining, and in particular has published widely on women’s resistance and community activism in response to proposed and existing mining developments. Recent projects include research funded by a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, undertaking a participatory photography project with women anti-mining activists in Cajamarca, Peru; and current British Academy/GCRF funded research with colleagues in Ecuador (USFQ and Mujeres de Asfalto), working with Afro-Ecuadorian women in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. This research engages peer researchers to collect Afro-Ecuadorian women’s life histories with the aim of celebrating Afro-Ecuadorian women’s heritage in the context of living with multiple types of large-scale resource extraction, marginalisation and violence.

Civil Society, NGOs and volunteering  

Katy’s previous research has critically analysed women’s long-term volunteering in Peru, making a critical contribution to debates around theorising professionalisation through ethnographic fieldwork with women health promoters in Lima, Peru. More recently, she is currently co-leading the VSO-funded project ‘Volunteering Together: Blending knowledge and skills for development’, seeking to understand how different types of volunteers working together can enhance the development outcomes of volunteering projects. This involves research across VSO’s projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Myanmar.


Katy has a long-standing interest in qualitative methodologies, and has published widely on using feminist and participatory approaches. Katy is committed to research in partnership with development NGOs and grassroots organisations. She speaks fluent Spanish and has conducted research with development organisations in Peru and Ecuador.


Katy Jenkins is a Professor in International Development. She is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar with specialisms in gender and development; women’s activism and volunteering; gender and large scale resource extraction; NGOs, professionalisation and the changing nature of civil society. She is committed to working in partnership with development NGOs, and grassroots and community organisations, with a particular focus on feminist and participatory approaches. Katy is currently PI on a BA/GCRF funded project, RECLAMA: Harnessing Afro-Ecuadorian Women's Heritage. Prior to this, her recently completed Leverhulme Fellowship developed an innovative participatory photography project on women’s anti-mining activism. Katy’s research has a particular focus on Latin America, and she has conducted extensive qualitative research in Peru, Ecuador and Chile. She speaks fluent Spanish. Katy is an elected Committee Member for the Society of Latin American Studies and the Development Geographies Research Group of the RGS. Katy is co-Director of the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University.

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

Teaching & Learning, PCAPL

11 Oct 200731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 11 Oct 2007

Geography, PhD, Newcastle University

1 Sept 200231 Aug 2005

Award Date: 1 Sept 2005

Geography, MA, Newcastle University

1 Sept 200131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 31 Aug 2002

Hispanic Studies, BA (Hons), University of Birmingham

1 Sept 199531 Aug 1999

Award Date: 31 Aug 1999


Dive into the research topics where Katy Jenkins is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or