Alice Evans

LSE Fellow in Human Geography

Department of Geography and Environment


Alice has taught at the Department of Geography and Environment since 2009, specialising in gender and international development. She is interested in the causes of egalitarian social change – why both people and their governments come to support gender equality.

She is currently researching why people in urban (as opposed to rural) areas of the Zambian Copperbelt are typically more supportive of gender equality, in terms of education, employment and political leadership.

This comparative, rural-urban research project builds upon her earlier study of egalitarian social change in Kitwe, Zambia. In the early decades of independence, male domination of prestigious positions perpetuated widely-shared gender stereotypes. These are now weakening due to rising female employment, which has been catalysed by worsening economic security. Resulting exposure to women performing socially valued has – slowly and incrementally – led people to question their gender stereotypes, relating to competence and status.

Alice has also examined 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.

  • Growing flexibility in gender divisions of labour – its causes and consequences
  • The political economy of gender and development policies
  • Social protection
  • Cultural expectations – why these change over time
  • Urbanisation


Selected recent publications:

  • Evans, A. (forthcoming) ‘Gender sensitisation in the Zambian Copperbelt’, Geoforum.
  • Evans, A. (forthcoming) ‘History Lessons for Gender Equality from the Zambian Copperbelt, 1900-1990’, Gender, Place and Culture.
  • 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 40:5, 991-998.
  • Evans, A. (2014) ‘Co-education and the Erosion of Gender Stereotypes in the Zambian Copperbelt’, Gender & Development 22:1,75-90.
  • 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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