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Dr Jasmine Gideon

Senior Lecturer in Development Studies


  • Jasmine Gideon is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies with a specific interest in the gendered political economy of health in Latin America and issues around health and migration. She has a PhD and an MSc in Development Studies and a BA (Hons) in History. Prior to working at Birkbeck she worked at the University of Manchester and the Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds. She has also carried out consultancies for a range of institutions including UNIFEM, DFID and the Ford Foundation.
  • She is the Principal Investigator on an ESRC GCRF network - Equalities in Public Private Partnerships (EQUIPPS) :
  • She is the co-ordinating editor of the Bulletin for Latin American Research.

Research interests

  • My research is centered on the gendered political economy of health and is specifically focused on three central elements: gender and health, globalization and development and transnational migration and health.
  • My work examines how Latin American health systems are gendered structures, containing embedded norms and practices that shape service provision and delivery. At the same time I am interested in the role of households as both consumers and producers of health services. I am particularly interested in using this analytical framework to explore the relationship between health and work in the context of globalisation.
  • I am also interested in issues around transnational migration and health and have recently conducted research exploring the health seeking strategies of Latin American migrants in London. I am currently building on this work to look at questions of health and well-being among Chilean exiles, both within the UK and those who have returned to Chile.
  • I have recently produced a film based on my work with Chilean exiles in London - Crafting Residence: The art of Chilean political prisoners -  which can be viewed here.


  • I convene the MSc Development Studies and teach the following postgraduate modules:
    • Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches
    • The Political Economy of Development
    • Gender and Development


  • I am interested in supervising in the areas of:
    • Gender, health and social policy
    • Latin American social development
    • Gender and economic rights
    • Migration and health
    • Gender and care
  • Current students
    • Charlotte Nussey: Gender, Violence and Adult Education in post-Apartheid South Africa
  • Previous students
    • Ivan Darías Imagining Cuba in London: Identity Construction in the Cuban Diaspora
    • Marianna Leite: From Rhetoric to Reality in Improving Maternal Health Outcomes: An Analysis of Women’s Rights Activism in Brazil
    • Nemu Joshi: Contesting Globalization: Experiences of Women in Urban Spaces of Nepal
    • Ezi Beedi: Contributory pensions in Nigeria: A case for Public School Teachers in Bayelsa State
    • Gabriela Alvarez: Conservative Backlashes in Latin America; The Cases of Mexico and Chile
    • Lorena Fuentes: Framing Femicide: Violence, Political Economy and the Guatemalan Women’s Movement
    • Neha Kagal: Gender, Labour and Masculinities: The Impact of Informal Economy Women Workers
    • Membership to Labour Organizations on Intra-household Gender Relations and Masculinities


  • Books
  • Recent Journal Articles
    • Themed Section in Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, co-edited with Elaine Unterhalter: Exploring Public Private Partnerships in health and education
    • Gideon, J. (2017) 'Exploring public private partnerships in health and education: a critique', co-authored with Elaine Unterhalter, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 33 (2): 136-141.
    • Gideon, J. (2017) 'Public-private partnerships in sexual and reproductive healthcare provision: establishing a gender analysis', co-authored with Benjamin M. Hunter and Susan F. Murray, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy , 33 (2): 166-1801. (gold open access paper).
    • Gideon , J. (2016)  'Challenging gendered inequalities in global health: dilemmas for NGOs', Co-authored with Porter, F, Development and Change, 47 (4): 782-797.
    • 'Unpacking ‘women’s health’ in the context of PPPs: A return to instrumentalism in development policy and practice?’, Co-authored with Porter, F., Global Social Policy, 2015,
    • ‘What is hindering progress? The Marginalization of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Brazil and Chile’, Co-authored with Alvarez, G. And Leite, M., Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 2015
    • Changing patterns of migration in Latin America: how can research develop intelligence for public health?’, Co-authored with Cabieses, B., Tunstall, H., and Pickett, K., Pan American Journal of Public Health, 2013, Jul; 34(1):68-74.
    • ‘Understanding differences in access and use of healthcare between international immigrants and the Chilean-born. A repeated cross-sectional population-based study in Chile’ co-authored with Cabieses, B., Tunstall, H and Pickett, K. International Journal for Equity in Health 2012, 11:68, (12,000 words).
    • Engendering the health agenda? Reflections from the Chilean case, 2000-2010’ Social Politics, 2012, 19 (3): 333-360.
    • ‘Limits to progress and change: Reflections on Latin American social policy’, co-authored with Molyneux,M., Social Politics, 2012, 19 (3), 293-298.
    • ‘Exploring migrants’ health seeking strategies: the case of Latin American migrants in London’, International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 2011, 7 (4): 197-208.
    • ‘Counting the Cost of Privatised Provision: Women Rights and Neo-Liberal Health Reforms in Chile’, IDS Bulletin, 2008, 39 (6): 75-82.
    • ‘Introduction: Reclaiming Feminism: Gender and Neo-Liberalism’ co-authored with A. Cornwall and K.Wilson, IDS Bulletin, 2008, 39 (6): 1-10.
    • ‘Entitled to Health? Chile’s Plan AUGE’, co-authored with C. Dannreuther, Development and Change, 2008, 39 (5):845-864.
    • ‘New Developments in Latin America’s Social Policy’ co-authored with A.Barrientos and M.Molyneux, Development and Change, 2008, 39 (5): 759-744.
  • Working Papers
  • Book Chapters
    • Gideon, J. 'Mental health and forced migration: the case of Chilean exiles in the UK', in Thomas, F. (ed.)(2016) The International Handbook of Migration and Health, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
    • ‘Access versus entitlements: the health-seeking behaviour of Latin American migrants in London’, (2013) in Thomas, F. and Gideon, J. (eds) Migration, Health and Inequality, Zed Press, London, pp.163-179.
    • ‘Migration, Health and Inequality’ (2013) in Bastia, T. (ed) Migration and Inequality, Routledge, London and New York, pp.187-207.
    • ‘Poverty, Gender and the Right to Health: Reflections with Particular Reference to Chile’, (2010) in Chant, S. (ed) Handbook on Gender and Development, pp.309-315.
    • ‘Accessing Economic and Social Rights under Neoliberalism: Gender and Rights in Chile’ in ed Cornwall, A. and Molyneux, M. (2008) The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis: London: Routledge, pp.95-109.

Professional Membership

    • Committee Member and 2014 Conference Organiser, Society for Latin American Studies
    • Development Studies Association
    • International Association of Feminist Economics

Contact details

+ 44 (0)20 3073 8368