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Dr Kate Maclean

Senior Lecturer in Social Geography
PhD (York, 2008) MSc (York, 2004) MA (Edinburgh, 1997)

Profile

  • Kate is a feminist geographer who explores the way that development, economic and financial theories and policies recreate, challenge and impact upon gendered concepts, identities and experiences.  She joined the department in September 2013, and has an interdisciplinary background, with degrees in Philosophy (MA) and Women’s Studies (MSc, PhD). Kate has lived and worked in Paris, Bangkok and Barcelona, and conducted research in Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Mali and Burkina Faso.
  • She has worked on microfinance, rural livelihoods, the financial crisis, contraband and urban regeneration, mostly with a focus on Latin America.  She has published in various journals, including Antipode, Development and Change and Gender, Place and Culture, and has a new book out with Palgrave – ‘Social Urbanism and the politics of violence: the Medellín Miracle.’  Her latest project is entitled ‘El Alto Millionaires: Processes of displacement, identity and urban change in the Global South’. Building on her previous work in La Paz, Bolivia, and its satellite city El Alto, this project will explore how patterns of urban accumulation, dispossession and displacement in these locations challenge the way that such processes – often summarised by the word ‘gentrification’ – are generally conceived. This project is supported by a Leverhulme Fellowship, 2015-17.
  • For a brief introduction to Feminist Geography click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnSLp3fVHao

Research interests

  • Kate’s latest book is an exploration of the politics of ‘The Medellín Miracle’.  Medellín, Colombia, used to be the most violent city on earth. In recent years, however, it would appear that investments and regeneration projects targeted at the poorest, most marginalised areas of the city, as well as innovative public transport projects, have resulted in a sharp decline in violence. Whereas in 1993 the homicide rate was 375 per 100,000 population, the current statistics are now comparable with major cities in the US, and the murder rate in Medellín for 2012 was 52 per 100,000. This book examines the claims made about the 'Medellín Miracle' by looking at the political processes behind the policies that have become known as 'Social Urbanism'. The central contention of this book is that violence – in its many forms – needs to be understood as a political issue. The changes in the political fabric in Medellín and the transformations in terms of urban development policies were far more complex than the term 'miracle' suggests.
  • In 2010 Kate conducted a project on the gender dynamics involved in  informal markets in contraband used clothes in the city of El Alto. The global trade in used clothes is controversial worldwide. In Bolivia, political debate on the trade has demonstrated tensions inherent in the government’s ‘post-neoliberal’ agenda of nationalisation, protection of cultural identity and well-being of the poor in an increasingly liberalised and globalised market place. The trade in used clothes from overseas threatens national production and the sale of western labels in markets dominated by indigenous women challenges the gendered identity politics upon which social inclusion in Bolivia is predicated. This work was supported by the British Academy and has been published in Gender, Place and Culture.
  • Kate’s doctoral work on microfinance in Bolivia examined the income generating strategies and skills which women participating in microfinance employ as their activities take them from rural communities to the more competitive towns and cities. Their use of credit and savings facilities and resistance to the financial discipline encouraged by microfinance institutions and use of the illuminates the gender biases involved in predominant concepts and policies in development theory and praxis. Kate’s work on microfinance can be found in Antipode, Development and Change, and the Journal of International Development, as well as Sylvia Chant’s International Handbook of Gender and Poverty. She is currently working on an edited volume for the School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe NM, Press with Dr Milford Bateman.

Publications

  • Books
  • Journal articles
    • Duvendack, Maren and Maclean, Kate (forthcoming) ‘(Mis)use of evidence in microfinance programming in the Global South: a critique’ Contemporary Social Science
    • Maclean, Kate (2015) ‘Gender, Risk and the Wall Street Alpha Male’, Journal of Gender Studies. Early view available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09589236.2014.990425#.VNycmfmsWCk
    • Maclean, Kate (2014) ‘Evo’s jumper: Identity and the used clothes trade in ‘post-neoliberal,’ ‘pluri-cultural’ Bolivia’ Gender, Place and Culture, 21(8): 963-978
    • Hopkins D, and Maclean, K (2014) 'Climate change perceptions and responses in Scotland’s ski industry' Tourism Geographies 16(3): 400-414
    • Maclean, Kate (2014) ‘Chachawarmi: Rhetorics and Lived Realities’ Bulletin of Latin American Research 33(1): 76-90
    • Maclean, Kate (2014) The ‘Medellín Miracle’: The politics of crisis, elites and coalitions for the Developmental Leadership Program available at:http://www.dlprog.org/publications/the-medellin-miracle-the-politics-of-crisis-elites-and-coalitions.php
    • Evans S; Maclean K; MacLeavy J; Stepney M; Strauss K; Tarrant A; Wallace I; and Brickell K (2013) 'Naming the Next Generation: Early Career Perspectives on the Future of the Women and Geography Study Group' Area 45(1)
    • Maclean, Kate (2013) ‘Risk, Responsibility and Gendered Microfinancial Subjectivities’ Antipode 45(2) 455-473
    • Maclean, Kate (2012) ‘Banking on Women’s Labour? The Village Banking Approach to Microfinance’ Journal of International Development 41(S1) 100-111
    • Bateman, Milford; Juan Pablo Duran; and Kate Maclean (2011) ‘A post-Washington consensus approach to local economic development in Latin America? An example from Medellín, Colombia’ ODI Background Note
    • Maclean, Kate (2010) ‘Capitalising on Women's Social Capital? Women-targeted Microfinance in Bolivia’ Development and Change 41 (3) pp 495-515
    • Maclean, Kate (2007) ‘Translation in Cross-Cultural Research: An Example from Bolivia’ Development in Practice 17 (6) pp 784-790
  • Chapters in books
    • Maclean, Kate, (forthcoming), ‘Microfinance and The ‘Woman’ Question’ in Bateman, Milford and Maclean, Kate (eds) Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon, SAR Press
    • Bateman, Milford and Maclean, Kate, (forthcoming), ‘The ‘Solidarity Economy’ Model and Local Finance: Lessons from New Left Experiments in Latin America?’ in Bateman, Milford and Maclean, Kate (eds) Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon, SAR Press
    • Maclean, Kate (2013), 'Identity and Microfinance: Gendered financial subjectivities in Luribay, Bolivia' in Haleh Afshar and Mary Maynard eds Women’s Identity Across Diversities Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
    • Maclean, Kate (2010) ‘Gender and Microfinance in Bolivia’ (2010) in Sylvia Chant ed. International Handbook on Gender and Poverty, Massachussets: Edward Elgar pp 569-574
  • Book Reviews
    • Maclean, Kate (2010) Book Review: 'Ordinary Families, Extraordinary lives: Assets and Poverty Reduction in Guayaquil, 1978-2004' by Caroline MoserEconomic Geography 86 (4) pp 457-458
    • Maclean, Kate (2013) Book Review: Cornwall, A., Edstrom, J. & Greig, A. eds. (2011) ‘Men and Development: Politicizing Masculinities’ London: Zed Book,Journal of International Development 25(1) 140-141
  • Online Publications
  • Articulos traducidos al español
  • Lectures

Teaching

    • Director, BSc Social Sciences
    • Convenor, Globalization in the Contemporary World
    • Lecturer, Social Relations and Social Policy
    • Lecturer, Environment, Economy and Society in Europe

Supervision

  • I am interested in supervising in the areas of:
    • Gender and development
    • Feminist perspectives on citizenship and the economy
    • Politics and development in Latin America
  • Completed PhDs
    • Diana Magalhaes, Women’s Elite Political Participation in Mozambique fully funded doctoral scholarship from the Portuguese Government’s Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, 2010-2015
    • Katy Megarry, Gendering Empowerment: The Kudumbashree in Kerala 2008-2013 (part time)
    • Stefanie Hannant, An investigation into the use of volunteer tourists as primary carers of orphans in Mexico 2009- 2013
  • Current Supervisees
    • Charlotte Heales, Microfinance and Economic Scales of Development: A Perspective from Malawi, awarded ESRC funded scholarship 2011-2015
    • Giovanna Grandoni, Gender and Land Reform in Brazil, King’s Continuation Studentship 2011- 2014

Media

(photo by davidxgreen.com)

Contact details

Email: k.maclean@bbk.ac.uk
Tel
: 020 3073 8392