Global Challenges Academy

Women in Development

Women in Development

Our researchers are working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 – Gender Equality. They tackle gender inequality by identifying and challenging its root causes, such as imbalances of power and social relations. Their work helps empower women and girls to improve their lives, families and communities.


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Our partners

International Lead Champion: Dr Ravinder Kaur, IIT Delhi

  • CURE (Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence), India
  • IIT Delh, India
  • Azad Foundation, India
  • Voice for Girls, India
  • Street Child, Liberia and Sierra Leone
  • Coco, Tanzania
  • Team Kenya, Kenya

Newcastle University staff

Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE
Science City Professor of Transport and the Environment

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7936

Dr Heather Brown
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2275

Dr Cat Button
Director of Planning and Urban Design

Professor Nanette De Jong
Prof of Socially Engaged Ethnomusicology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6752

Professor Pauline Dixon
Professor of International Development and Education

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5047

Dr Steve Humble MBE
Reader in Global Development

Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 7593

Dr Jonathan Kimmitt
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Director of Impact

Telephone: 0191 2081614

Professor Karen Ross
Director of Impact

Telephone: 447798884110

Professor Claire Walsh
Professor in Water Security

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6447


Global Challenge

While there are encouraging signs for improving gender equality, such as the decline of child marriage and reforming laws to protect women from violence, there is still much work to be done. There is for example much to learn from women entrepreneurs in the global south to support, develop and encourage other women to improve their lives. Barriers still exist through cultural and social norms, regulations, unequal access to resources, knowledge, networks and markets.

How we are making a difference

  • Identifying empowered women and enabling them to provide others with a positive and inspirational narrative rather than a discourse of disadvantage.
  • Facilitating the development of internal networks of colleagues working in the area of gender and development within the three faculties at Newcastle University.
  • Forming global relationships and partnerships with women’s groups and those carrying out related research in India and East Africa.

Where we are having an impact


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