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The Gender and Development research group is concerned with social change, specifically the social and gendered dimensions of poverty reduction, inequality and social injustice.

We conduct original theoretical work on gender and development epistemologies, covering relational and subjective approaches to well-being, intra-household relations, inter-generational relationships and shifts in subjective notions of well-being, plus examining linkages between gendered social relations, reproductive rights and wellbeing. There are also several overlapping sub-themes, which comprise land, health, education, ageing, governance and corruption. Apart from research, we have been active in engaging with policy, on the one hand, and training and capacity-building.

Recent research has seen very exciting interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological innovation. Anthropologists and economists have developed innovative research in Uganda using experimental games combined with survey and ethnography, to test underlying assumptions of intra-household models and Sen's theory of cooperative conflicts. This has been extended to research on gendered fairness norms using experimental economics and ethnography in four developing countries.

We are also conducting work on land use and rights that methodologically combines historical, ethnographic, participatory and quantitative studies.  Other projects on land have similarly used a combination of methodologies. Policy-oriented analyses of gendered vulnerability and exclusion represent another dimension of our work, while we are also recognised for work on gendered vulnerabilities to HIV/AIDS and the gendered impacts of its treatment.

Inter-school networking, such as between DEV and the School of Education and Lifelong Learning (EDU), has further strengthened our expertise in research, policy and capacity building on Gender, Women's Empowerment, and Education. The different aspects of DEV's work on gender and development are also reflected in our recent publications.

International Conference: Gender Relations and Rising Inequalities

6-8 July 2015

CLICK HERE to see what happened at the Gender Conference in July!


In the coming decades, as we seek poverty reduction and social justice in contexts of apparent plenty, the extremes of income inequality emerging across developed and developing nations will be the major challenge for development. These inequalities result from deep structural barriers to social mobility and change. We believe that a better understanding of how gender relations influence and are effected by processes of economic and social polarisation, at a range of scales from the very local to the global, is critical in order to inform development policy.

Conference Objectives

The International Conference on Gender Relations and Rising Inequalities aims to bring together gender analysts, researchers and research scholars for a sustained consideration of changing gender relations in contexts of rising inequality, and to stimulate new ways of thinking about gender relations.

Conference Structure

A series of panels will explore different aspects of gender and inequality:

  1. Migration, Status and multi/trans-national relations
  2. Social Reproduction, Generations and Educational Aspirations
  3. "Gender Equality" norms, mobilisation and policy change
  4. Gender Inequality, Consumption and Changing Identities
  5. Labour markets, microfinance and women's empowerment
  6. Environmental/climatic change and gendered inequalities
  7. Gender and Violence

See here for details of the panels and convenors and full programme details

Call for Submissions

We encourage you to contribute to the conference through paper submissions to the existing panels as well as formation of additional panels. Please follow these links to the Call for Papers and Call for Panels.

Important Dates

Panel Proposal (other than existing panels) submission 18 December 2014
Abstract submission 15 February 2015
Notification of acceptance 27 February 2015
Paper submissions 19 June 2015
Final paper submission and authors' registration 23 June 2015
Conference dates 6-8 July 2015


Application/ Registration

To register your place for the Gender Conference, please download this form, complete it and email to It is advisable to complete and return the form as soon as possible as places are limited.


15 rooms have been booked in the on-campus bed and breakfast Broadview Lodge for the plenary speakers and panel convenors.  Further bed and breakfast accommodation (with attached bathroom) is available on-campus at £36 a night on a first come first served basis. 

Otherwise participants are expected to make their own arrangements and are urged to do so early.   There are a number of bed and breakfasts around the university, which is about twenty minutes by bus from the centre of Norwich.  Here are some links to accommodation within a ten-minute drive from the university.

There is no fee for attending the conference but participants are expected to cover their own accommodation costs, whether on or off campus


Pine Lodge Bed and Breakfast
518 Earlham Road

Single: £38 per night
Double: £60 per nigh

Arrandale Lodge
421 Earlham Road

Double: From £50

Wensum Guest House
225 Dereham Road

Single: £49    
Double: £69

Earlham Guest House
147 Earlham Road

Accommodation from £27 for single with shared bathroom to £75 for double ensuite


Private room in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich between the university and the city centre for £29

Entire flat in in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich between the university and the city centre for £40

For further information about Norwich please follow these links:

Norwich Tourist Information

Norwich Airport


Follow this link to find your way to University of East Anglia.

Contact details:

Gender Conference Organisers
School of International Development
University of East Anglia
Norwich Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1603 59 3379