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Research interests

Interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise in social ethics applied to questions of global development, the works of Amartya Sen on development and justice, and the interaction between religious traditions and development theory and practice.  
Publications include Una Introduccion al enfoque de las capacidades: Aportes para el desarrollo humano en Latin America (Manantial/FLACSO 2018), Wellbeing, Justice and Development Ethics (Routledge, 2014), Religion in Development (Zed, 2009), Transforming Unjust Structures (Springer, 2006), and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the capabilty approach and religion and development.
Her current research is on the engagement of development policy and practice with religious traditions. She has particular interest in the Catholic tradition and the areas of environmental protection and urban inequality. She works part-time at the University of Bath, where she teaches in the MSc in International Development (Social Justice and Sustainability) and the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice. She is also working part-time at the Laudato Si' Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, which is a new research institute dedicated to conduct cutting-edge transdisciplinary research for societal transformation at the intersections of theology, ecology, and the social and natural sciences on the most pressing environmental issues of our day.

Education/Academic qualification

Development Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Award Date: 15 Jan 2004

Economics, Master of Arts, Université Catholique de Louvain

Award Date: 30 Sep 1996

Economics, Bachelor of Arts, Université Catholique de Louvain

Award Date: 30 Jun 1994

External positions

Research Fellow, Laudato Si Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford

14 Oct 2019 → …

Visiting Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

22 Aug 201715 May 2018

Fellow, Human Development and Capability Association

Advisor, Instituto de Desarrollo Humano de America Latina (IDHAL-PUCP), Pontifical Catholic University of Peru


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