Routledge Major Works on Gender, Poverty and Development

Sylvia has recently concluded work on a four volume series of classic works on gender and poverty in developing countries. This will include leading articles, book chapters and reports (or sections of) which have made a landmark contribution to the field between the 1970s through to the eve of the ‘post-2015 Development Agenda’ when poverty and gender both feature prominently in the prospective Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they did with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, 2000-2015), and as far back as the United Nations Decade for Women (1975-1985).

Sylvia was fortunate to have a strong team to assist with the project, all members of which have been involved with the LSE.

Sylvia’s co-editor was Dr Gwendolyn Beetham, one of her former PhD students.

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Gwendolyn Beetham is is presently at Rutgers University where she is Director of the Global Village Living and Learning Community at Douglass College, and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She has worked for various United Nations agencies, women’s research institutes, and international gender justice organisations. Her work has been published in Gender Theories: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2012), The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty (Edward Elgar, 2010), and various journals. She is a former co-editor of the Graduate Journal of Social Science and currently manages the series ‘The Academic Feminist’ for, the most widely-read feminist publication in the US. She received her PhD from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics in 2011. Gwen can be contacted at

Enriching the process a team of past and present MSc students served as research assistants.  Their main job was to locate and source papers, and to provide not only a synopsis of the work in question, but to offer their opinion on its significance, rigour, and empirical and conceptual contribution to knowledge.  This played a valuable role in feeding into the editorial process and final compilation of the series.


The members of the team (in alphabetical order) were:
Andrew Sanderlin Fleming

Andrew Suit HeadshotA former MSc Urbanisation and Development student at LSE (2010-11), Andrew is presently based in ohannesburg, South Africa with Daalberg Consulting, and formerly lived and worked in Cape Town. He works within the realities of divided cities in the Global South, addressing themes such as low-income housing, public spaces, gender disparities, environmental policy, and economic development.  His interests lie in making urban spaces more inclusive and more productive for more people, particularly given past historical inequalities in post-colonial cities.  Andrew’s contact email is:


Chloë Jane Last

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Chloë did her BA in Geography at University College London (UCL), before proceeding to study an MSc in Urbanisation and Development at the LSE (2010-11). Chloë’s particular interests include gender and development, urbanisation and social entrepreneurship. She has travelled extensively, has worked in both Peru and Uganda, and is currently training to be a sustainability consultant in London. Chloë’s email is

Diya Mukarji
Diya Mukarjipassport picDiya Mukarji completed her BA in Social Anthropology at SOAS. She has since worked in a combination of project management, advocacy and capacity building roles with a regional Women’s organisation in India, a Human Rights organisation in Sierra Leone and a variety of Third Sector organisations in the UK engaging with women’s migrant communty groups. She returned to further her education at the LSE, undertaking a MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities.  Diya can be contacted on


Cristina Rovira Izquierdo

Cristina RoviraAt the time of preparing this series Cristina was an international student of the MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities at the LSE. Having a background in Political Sciences at PompeuFabraUniversity (Barcelona), she came to London thanks to a scholarship from ‘La Caixa’ foundation.  Cristina has gleaned professional experience from her previous work at the International Cooperation Department of the Red Cross (Catalan delegation, Barcelona) and her current position as an intern in Consultancy Africa Intelligence.   Cristina can be contacted at:

Gemma Todd

Gemma Todd pic 228Gemma completed an MSc in Urbanisation and Development at the LSE, and is enthusiastic about envisioning and working within the development sector. Broad interests include urban studies, human geography, youth, rights and research-based work. Previous work experience ranges from research assistant in National Institute of Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania, and establishing a local-run NGO the Tanzania House of Hope. Gemma’s email is


Liz Thorne

Liz ThorneAlongside her Masters at LSE (MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities) Liz worked part-time as Policy Advisor to Kate Green MP (Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities). Prior to this, Liz was employed in a number of different policy and campaigning roles in the charity sector – focusing predominantly on areas of UK policy. Liz can be contacted on




Beth Walker

BethphotoBeth Walker finished her MSc in Gender and Social Policy at LSE in 2013. Her research has explored transnational feminist questions about autonomy, agency and citizenship in relation to undocumented migrant workers and asylum seekers in the UK. She is an editor for the LSE blog ‘engenderings’ .  Her email is



The four volumes, each containing around 22 papers and an original editorial introduction, were published in 2015 and as follows:

Volume 1 – Key Approaches and Concepts
Volume 2 – Gender and Poverty in the Domestic Domain
Volume 3 – Gendered Poverties in Relation to Health, Labour Markets and Assets
Volume 4 – Gender, Poverty and Policy Interventions

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