Gender and Inclusive Development

View on traditional Maya woman on market in Chamula Mexico.Since the UN Decade for Women (1975-1985), the different inequalities that women experience in various areas of life have been placed squarely on the agenda of human rights and development. 

This has turned the issue of gender inequality into a central concern for the field of development. While the visibility of gendered exclusions has been a welcome addition to the field of development studies, the field of policy has lagged behind, much of its focus is still mainly directed towards expanding the participation of women in political, social and economic life. We conduct research into gendered understandings of power, politics and identity, and critically engage with development and peacebuilding agendas to expose the ways in which gender informs and shapes processes of exclusion, conflict and violence, both structural and direct. Our research advances new understandings of gendered and intersectional inequalities and their theoretical, practical and policy implications for the field of development.

Research Projects

Gender Inequality theme  Nic Cheeseman, co-lead on of the Institute for Global Innovation, University of Birmingham, 2018

Gendering reconciliation: Local reintegration from an international perspective, Sanne Weber, The Leverhulme Trust, 2018

Gendering historical memory: promoting gender equality through the experiences of female ex-combatants in Guatemala, Sanne Weber, Institute of Global Innovation, University of Birmingham, 2018

Torn between the West and ISIS: the interplay between narratives of intervention and statebuilding and the life stories of former foreignfighters Raquel da Silva, 2017

Gender and Politics in Practice, David Hudson and Chris Roche, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Gender Equality Fund, 2016

Gender and transitional justice: Exploring gendered categories of victimhood and citizenship, analysing gendered perceptions and dynamics of reconciliation. Sanne Weber


Derbyshire, H., Gibson, S., Hudson, D., and Roche, C. (2018) Politically Informed, Gender Aware Programming: Five Lessons from Practice, Birmingham: Developmental Leadership Program

Derbyshire, H., Gibson, S., Hudson, D., and Roche, C. (2018) From Silos to Synergy: Learning from Politically Informed, Gender Aware Programs, Birmingham: Developmental Leadership Program

Roche, C., Cox, J., Derbyshire, H., Gibson, S., and Hudson, D. (2018) The Bigger Picture: Gender and Politics in Practice, Birmingham: Developmental Leadership Program

Thompson, M.S. (2019) Cultivating ‘New’ Gendered Food Producers: Intersections of Power and Identity in Trinidad, Review of International Political Economy. (online first).

Thompson, M.S. (2018) Critical Perspectives on Food, Political Economy & Gender, in Elias J. and Roberts, Adrienne (Eds) Edward Elgar Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender

Weber, S. (2018) Participatory Visual Research with Displaced Persons: ‘Listening’ to Postconflict Experiences through the Visual, Journal of Refugee Studies. (online first)

Weber, S. (2018) From Victims and Mothers to Citizens: Gender-Just Transformative Reparations and the Need for Public and Private TransitionsInternational Journal of Transitional Justice 12(1), 88-107