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Professor Katy Jenkins


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

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.

Katy Jenkins

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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.

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  • Afro-Ecuadorian Women, Territory, and Natural Resource Extraction in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Boudewijn, I., Francis Bone, J., Jenkins, K., Zaragocin, S. 26 Apr 2024, In: Progress in Development Studies
  • Between hope and loss: Peruvian women activists’ visual contestations of extractive-led development, Jenkins, K. 1 Jan 2024, In: Progress in Development Studies
  • Care and the academy: Navigating fieldwork, funding and care responsibilities, Cox, R., Hope, J., Jenkins, K., Ray, C. 12 Feb 2024, In: Area
  • From guineapigs to prickly pears: Visualising food practices as resistance in women’s anti-extractives activism in the Peruvian Andes, Jenkins, K. 6 Mar 2024, In: Latin American Perspectives
  • New perspectives on development, Jenkins, K., Johnson, M., Munck, R. 1 May 2024, In: Global Discourse: An interdisciplinary journal of current affairs
  • New perspectives on development, Jenkins, K., Johnson, M., Munck, R. 5 Jun 2024
  • Questioning development from Black feminisms in Ecuador and moving towards a Black feminist political ecology in the Americas, Zaragocin, S., Francis Bone, J., Boudewijn, I., Jenkins, K. 1 May 2024, In: Global Discourse: An interdisciplinary journal of current affairs
  • Gender, Large-scale Resource Extraction, and Environmental Inequality in Latin America, Boudewijn, I., Jenkins, K. 8 Jun 2023, Handbook of Inequality and the Environment, Edward Elgar
  • Navigating the challenges of fieldwork and childcare: revisiting Muddy Glee, Bastia, T., Hope, J., Jenkins, K., Lemanski, C., Meth, P., Moeller, N., Williams, G. 1 Dec 2022, In: Area
  • Decolonising Oral History: A Conversation, Francis, H., Boudewijn, I., Carcelén-Estrada, A., Francis Bone, J., Jenkins, K., Zaragocin, S. Mar 2021, In: History

  • Tzu-Jung Feng Understanding doctors’ long-term volunteering practice in Taiwan Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Inge Boudewijn Constructing the Mine: a critical exploration of women’s meaning-making regarding the Yanacocha mine, Peru Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 16/09/2019
  • Sophia Valle-Cornibert Traces of dignidad. A critical exploration of women’s resistances in the context of extractivism in the Atacama Desert, Chile Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 17/07/2024
  • Floor Van Der Hout Women territory defenders’ activism in Bolivia: weaving resistance against extractivism through affective, careful and relational politics Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Laura Hutchinson Compromise and Contestation: Conceptualising Women's Rights Activists Everyday Responses to Professionalisation Start Date: 23/10/2013

  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 11 2007
  • Geography PhD September 01 2005
  • Geography MA August 31 2002
  • Hispanic Studies BA (Hons) August 31 1999
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010

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