School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Alex Young

PhD candidate in Iberian and Latin American Studies


Dr Nick Morgan and Dr Amanda Chisholm and Dr Patricia Oliart

Exploring the Role of Popular Education in Campaigns to Reduce Gender Based Violence In Colombia

This ESRC-funded PhD research project will assess the approaches and agendas of those contributing to the struggle against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Colombia. Popular education aspires to reach those who are often inaccessible, connecting with them within their context and on their terms in order to provoke transformative change and alter the structures that reinforce oppression.

These principles can also be recognised as a central strand of feminist activism in Latin America. Since the 1980s though, activist structures have become more formalised, with increasing pressures on funding and a drive for ‘impact’, which has been seen to threaten radical activist roots.

This project will assess the potential of the struggle against gender inequality and GBV to retain a commitment to transformative change and use the principles of popular education within this competitive and pressurised environment.

Research Interests

Gender, Critical Pedagogy, Ethnographic research, Feminisms, Post colonialism, International Development

Academic Background

Msc in International Development, University of Edinburgh

BA (Hons) in Politics, Newcastle University