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Jelke Boesten


Jelke Boesten is Reader in Gender and Development.  Her research focuses on violence against women and the ramifications for policy in Latin America.  Her latest book, Sexual Violence During War and Peace. Gender, Power and Post-conflict Justice in Peru received the Flora Tristan Best Book Award of the Latin America Studies Association-Peru section and is in print in Spanish translation with the Bibliotéca Nacional del Perú. In 2010, she published Intersecting Inequalities. Women and Social Policy in Peru, with Penn State University Press. She has published widely on gender justice in Peru in international journals and books, as well as on gender, HIV/AIDS and activism in East Africa. She is currently interested in transformative gender justice.  At King's, Jelke Boesten is the convenor of the Gender Studies Network (SSPP/Law)

Before joining King’s College London Jelke taught at the University of Leeds, held a Senior Research Fellowship at the US Institute of Peace, and held a research fellowship at the University of Bradford. She holds a PhD in Gender and Latin American Studies from the University of Amsterdam.


Of Ruptures and Continuities, Sexual Violence in Conflict. 

On Ending Sexual Violence, Or Civilising War. IDI Working Paper, June 2015. 

Expectativas para la Nueva Política de Género: romper estereotipos y dar poder EU-LAC Foundation

Blog: Women and conflict: why we should not separate rape in war from the everyday reality of violence, Overseas Development Institute, 2014.


Gender-and-HIV Intersecting-Inequalities Sexual-Violence

Research Supervision

Dr. Jelke Boesten currently supervises the following PhD dissertations:

Andrea Espinoza (primary supervisor, with Ingrid Bleynat)

Antonella Mazzone: Universal Energy Access in the Brazilian Amazon. A Gender perspective (primary supervisor, with Sónia Gonçalves)

Dharendra Wardhana: Is Decentralisation Effective to Promote an Inclusive Social Protection System in Indonesia? Case Study for Implementation of Social Protection Programmes in Central Java (secondary supervisor with Andy Sumner)

Kim Beecheno: Gender, Violence and Religious Conversion in São Paulo, Brazil (with Jeffrey Garmany).

Salma Amir: Microfinance Effect on the Empowerment of Rural Women in Pakistan (based at the University of Leeds)

Jelke welcomes PhD projects in the broad areas of gender and social policy, social mobility and marginalisation, inequality and inclusion, social development and emancipatory processes. 




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