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María José Ventura Alfaro is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the field of Development Studies, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. Her research offers a feminist analysis of the contemporary violence against women or Feminicide and social movements’ action in contemporary Mexico. The PhD project attempts to understand the interaction between changes in public policy and the demand of social movements, particularly focusing on the potential benefits of a ‘co-construction of policy’ between social communities and political organisations. This project attempts to bridge the reality of violence against women and policy design by bringing in the voices of the social movement activists into policy development. The methodology of this thesis will be informed by a community-based participatory action research (PAR) approach, with the specific objective of integrating the participation by community activists, policymakers and the researcher in all aspects of the research process. 


Prior to commencing her PhD, Maria completed an MRes in International Development at the University of Bath. Her Master's dissertation pave the way to her current research focus, exploring the extent to which the implementation of a gender-based quota system in the Mexican governments affected the development of gender-sensitive policy. Maria graduated with a BSc in Sociology at Bath Spa University in 2015. 


Maria is also a founding member of the Bath-Bristol Standing Seminar in Critical Theory. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

International Development, Master of Research, University of Bath

1 Sep 20161 Sep 2017

Award Date: 1 Jun 2017

Sociology , Bachelor of Science, Bath Spa University

1 Sep 20121 Jun 2015

Award Date: 1 Sep 2015


  • Violence Against Women (VAW)
  • Social Movements
  • Latin America
  • Social change
  • Co-construction
  • Participatory Action Research
  • feminism
  • decoloniality
  • Mexico
  • Policy Change
  • Gender
  • critical theory
  • intersectionality


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