Dr Katherine Brickell

Other work

Director, Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) Research Group

Personal profile

Katherine Brickell is a feminist geographer whose work aims to advance social, political and development sub-fields of the discipline. Her research centres on gender injustices in domestic life in Cambodia, Vietnam, and most recently the UK. She is journal editor of Gender, Place and Culture and Chair of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG). Katherine's scholarship to date has attracted recognition from the RGS-IBG and Leverhulme Trust in the form of the 2014 Gill Memorial award and 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize (respectively). During the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2017-2020) Katherine will complete her monograph Home SOS: Gender, Violence and Law in Cambodia and develop a body scholarship on feminist legal geographies. For more information see www.katherinebrickell.com

Research interests

Violence against women

Katherine is committed to the championing of work on violence against women in geography – a relatively unexplored area in the discipline. In Autumn/Winter 2016 Katherine is preparing an invited background paper on domestic violence law in Cambodia for UNWOMEN'S flagship report Progress of the World’s Women.  Connected to this, between 2012-2015 she led an international team funded by the ESRC-DFID which took a multi-stakeholder approach to the study of law as a leverage mechanism to address domestic violence in Cambodia. The study showed the structural constraints that need to be overcome to enable women’s access to justice. Extensive public dissemination of the infographic findings report and 1,000+ page views on my website resulted in high levels of media attention and citation by government, multilateral finance institutions and NGOs (e.g. DFID, 2016; Cambodian Ministry of Women’s Affairs, 2014; Asian Development Bank, 2015; Save the Children, 2015). Successful external engagement is also evidenced by the invited: contracting of its quantitative dataset to the Asia Foundation; advisory role to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs at closed-door legislative review meetings; peer review of national level policies; and research briefings to key international development agencies including the United Nations. The research was also methodologically innovative in its use and questioning of participatory video as a means for community dialogue on this normatively private issue. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have since funded a client consultation competition/participatory action research project on domestic violence law education which she designed and delivered in collaboration with staff and students from Pannasastra University of Cambodia.

Critical geographies of home

Participatory action research


Current postdoctoral mentoring

(2016-2019) Janet Bowstead (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship) ‘Women on the Move: The Journeyscapes of Domestic Violence’

Current doctoral supervision

Naomi Graham (ESRC-funded) ‘Sheltering from Violence: Women’s Experiences of Faith-Based and Secular Safe Houses in Cambodia’. [Sole supervisor]

Mel Nowicki (funded by RHUL Crossland Award) 'Squatting and the city: Criminal(ised) Geographies of Home and Resistance'. [Sole supervisor]

Past doctoral supervision

Mary Cobbett (funded by ESRC CASE with World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts) ‘Empowering Girls to Claim Rights? Non-Formal Education and the “Stop the Violence” Campaign in Kenya’. [Sole supervisor]

Laura Prazeres (funded by SSHRC, Canada) ‘Learning Beyond Borders: International Student Mobility to the Global South’. [Sole supervisor]

Tianfeng Liu. ‘Transnational Academic Mobility: The Experience of Chinese and British Academic Migrants in a Sino-UK Joint Venture University’. [Co-supervisor with Katie Willis]

Liu Chen (funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China) ‘Food, Home and Family-making in Contemporary Guangzhou’. [Advisor]

Yuko Misu‘Japan's assistance for self-reliant development in rural Malawi: philosophy, field practice, and role of individual actors’ (Passed November 2015) [Advisor]

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