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Dr Aleida Borges leads the Grassroots Women Leaders research stream at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL). Her research offers critical perspectives on grassroots organising and politics, women’s rights, representation and participation, diaspora political participation and youth politics in the Global South (Africa & Latin America). Aleida is a jurist by training, specialising in International Public Law (Human Rights), occasionally consulting as country-expert for Cabo Verde.

Aleida leads the Internship Programme at GIWL and is the SSPP representative on the Research Staff Representative Committee (RSRC). She has authored several reports and publications in peer-reviewed edited collections, journals in English and Portuguese and is currently co-editing a volume focusing on the global impact of lockdowns (Routledge). Aleida has taught modules including Digital Politics, Social and Political Analysis of Emerging Economies, and Digital Research Methods.

Research interests and PhD supervision

My research focuses primarily on the Portuguese Speaking World, with particular emphasis on Lusophone Africa and Brazil. I seek to contribute to debates that challenge perspectives on Africa. I work with young people who are community leaders and fully engaged in development practice from the bottom-up. I also focus particularly on women grassroots activism and leadership; and their contribution to development. 

As a 'Global South' scholar working in the 'Global North', I am fully committed to initiatives that seek to highlight the power imbalances inherent in our interactions, as researchers, with the Global South and as such seek to collaborate with colleagues in reorienting the privileges of academic power towards the Global South. My research interests are broadly structured around grassroots leadership, activism, women's rights and political participation, Lusophone African and Brazilian politics, youth politics and social movements. 

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Women Grassroots Leadership
  • Gender and Development
  • Social Movements 
  • Youth Politics 
  • Politics, Culture and Society in Lusophone Africa & Brazil 
  • State-Society Relations: Minorities & 'minorised-majorities'