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Jelke Boesten has an MA in History and a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to joining King’s she held a research position at the University of Bradford, Departments of International Development (2004-06) and Peace Studies (2006-07), and a lectureship at the University of Leeds in Politics and International Studies (2007-2013). In 2011-12 she held a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship at the US Institute of Peace, Washington DC. She was offered an Alberto Flores Galindo Visiting Professorship, Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú, for 2021.

In 2010, she published 'Intersecting Inequalities. Women and Social Policy in Peru', with Penn State University Press, which came out in translation with the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Lima in 2018. She also published on gender, HIV/AIDS and activism in East Africa, in particular the co-edited book (with Nana Poku) ‘Gender and HIV/AIDS. Critical Perspectives from the Developing World’ (Routledge 2009). In 2014, Jelke published 'Sexual Violence During War and Peace: Gender, Power and Post-conflict Justice in Peru' (Palgrave Studies on the Americas) received the Flora Tristan Best Book Award of the Latin America Studies Association-Peru section. In 2016 the book came out in Spanish translation with the Bibliotéca Nacional del Perú. In May 2021, the book Gender, Transitional Justice and Memorial Arts: Global Perspectives on Commemoration and Mobilization, comes out with Routledge Transitional Justice Series, co-edited with Helen Scanlon (University of Cape Town).


Jelke’s current research focuses on transformative gender justice in post conflict societies –the idea that interventions to address gendered injustice, such as violence against women and girls, should aim to transform the social, political and economic relations that underpin the possibility of violence. Recently she finished a collaborative project exploring the transformative potential of memorial arts and symbolic reparation. Please see the project website

Currently, she is working on a research project with Peruvian veterans of the Internal Armed Conflict (1980-2000). The project seeks to understand veterans’ perspectives on perpetrating gendered violence in and beyond armed conflict, funded by the British Academy.

She also works with a group of colleagues on an exploratory and collaborative arts-based research project called Imaging Social Justice as part of the Visual and Embodied Methodologies (VEM) Network. In addition, she is the founder and convenor of the Gender Studies Network.


PhD supervision

Jelke is interested in supervising students focusing on the following research areas:

  • Gender and social policy
  • Gender based violence in war and/or the everyday
  • Intersecting inequalities
  • Gender and transformative justice
  • Social development and emancipatory processes

For a full list of current and existing PhD students supervised by Jelke, see here.

Further details

See Jelke's research profile