Kate Maclean

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Kate would be interested in supervising projects on urban violence and governance, informal economies, the middle classes in the global south, and gender and finance.

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Research interests

  • Feminist geography
  • Feminist political economy
  • Gender and finance
  • 'Middle classes' in the Global South
  • Latin America
  • Urbanisation
  • Urban violence and governance
  • Informal markets
  • Microfinance


Professor Kate Maclean joined the Centre for International Development in 2019, and is interested in feminist geographies of development and globalization.  Prior to coming to Northumbria she held a Senior Lectureship in Geography at Birkbeck, University of London (2013-19), where she was also Director of Birkbeck Gender Sexuality, and a Lectureship in Geography at King’s College London (2008-2013).  Her research has attracted funding from the Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, British Academy, National Science Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, and the Developmental Leadership Programme.  She has worked on urban violence and governance in Medellín, rural development in Bolivia, informal markets, gender and the financial crisis, microfinance, and the middle classes and urbanisation in the global south.  She is author of the monograph Social Urbanism and the Politics of Violence: The Medellín Miracle, is co-editor of the volume Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon, and her peer reviewed publications can be found in journals of geography, development, and cultural studies.  In addition to her written work, she has collaborated with the photographer davidxgreen on the exhibition Decolonising witchcraft: Portraits of traditional healers in Bolivia and made a collaborative short film as part of her Leverhulme Project The Aymara Bourgeoisie, viewable here

If you are interested in pursuing PhD study with Kate please email her directly with a brief summary of your proposal.

Read Kate Maclean's latest piece for The Conversation, Women leaders and coronavirus: look beyond stereotypes to find the secret to their success

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of York

1 Sep 20041 Jul 2008

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

Women's Studies, MSc, University of York

1 Oct 20031 Oct 2004

Award Date: 1 Oct 2004

Philosophy, MA (Hons), University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 199331 Jul 1997

Award Date: 31 Jul 1997


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