Alice Evans

LSE Fellow in Human Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

Email: a.evans@lse.ac.uk|

Alice has taught at the Department of Geography and Environment since 2009, specialising in gender and international development.

Her most recent research examines the factors accounting for the increased prioritisation of maternal health care in Zambia, at national and district levels. Looming failure to achieve this Millennium Development Goal and thereby successfully partake in the global development project appears to have been a key factor here, motivating top-down pressure to improve maternal health indicators.

She previously explored the causes and consequences of growing flexibility in gender divisions of labour in the Zambian Copperbelt. From the late 1980s, worsening economic security led many families to sacrifice the social gains formerly accrued by complying with cultural expectations of gender divisions of labour in exchange for the financial benefits of female labour force participation and occupational desegregation. Such flexibility in gender divisions of labour seems to undermine gender stereotypes and related status inequalities, by enabling exposure to a critical mass of women performing roles that they were previously presumed to be incapable and that are valorised because they were historically performed by men.

  • Growing flexibility in gender divisions of labour – its causes and consequences
  • The political economy of gender and development policies
  • Social protection

In preparation:

  • Evans, A. ‘What accounts for emerging attention to maternal health care in Zambia?’, to be submitted to Health Policy & Practice.

Selected recent publications:

  • Evans, A. ‘Co-education and the erosion of gender stereotypes in the Zambian Copperbelt’, Gender and Development, forthcoming
  • ‘History lessons for gender equality from the Zambian Copperbelt, 1900-1990’, Gender, Place and Culture, forthcoming 
  • Evans, A. (2014) ‘“Women can do what men can do”: The causes and consequences of flexibility in gender divisions of labour in Kitwe, Zambia’, Journal of Southern African Studies.
  • da Corta, L.; Darko, E.; Evans, A.; Kayunze, K.; Shepherd, A. and Vendelin, T (2013) ‘Hidden hunger in rural Tanzania: what can qualitative research tell us about what to do about chronic food insecurity?’, in Flora Kessy, Oswald Mashindano and Andrew Shepherd (eds.) Translating growth into poverty reduction: beyond the numbers (Oxford: African Books Collective).
  • Evans, A.; Kessy, F.; Luvanda, E.; Scott, L. and Andrew Shepherd (2013) ‘Taking the plunge on social assistance in rural Tanzania: assessing the options’, in Flora Kessy, Oswald Mashindano and Andrew Shepherd (eds.) Translating growth into poverty reduction: beyond the numbers (Oxford: African Books Collective).
  • Evans, A. (2012) ‘World Development Report 2012: radical redistribution or just tinkering within the template?’, Development 55:1, 134-137.
  • Chant, S. and Evans, A. (2010) ‘Looking for the one(s): young love and urban poverty in The Gambia’, Environment and Urbanization 22:2, 353-369.
Teaching Excellence Awards|

Geography & Environment academics take centre stage at Teaching Excellence Awards|

Four academics from the Department of Geography and Environment have been recognised for their outstanding contributions at the annual LSE Teaching Symposium. Dr Antoine Paccoud was selected ahead of over 460 nominees to win the Award for Inspirational Teaching, while Dr Richard Perkins and Dr Alice Evans were Highly Commended in their categories, and Dr Carmen Marchiori won a Major Review Award. Read more|.

 
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