Global Development Academy

The launch of Gender, Rights ANd Development (GRAND) Network - 25 April 2016

The network is jointly launched by the University of Edinburgh’s Global Development Academy, Global Health Academy, Centre for South Asian Studies, and the AROGYAM network. We would like to welcome you to join us for a round table discussion and other events on a variety of topics that gender development debates.



0900 - 0930 Coffee & Registration
0930 – 1000 Welcome by Professor Fiona Mackay, Dean and Head of School of Social and Political Science & Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami, South Asia Director, Global Development Academy and Chair of the network
1000- 1200

Round table debate on ‘transnational perspectives on Intersectionality: Critiques and contributions’

Professor Olena Hankivsky, Director, Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Simon Fraser University Professor Padma Velaskar, Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London

Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging

Other contributors: Abhijit Das, Centre for Health and Social Justice and Co-chair, MenEngage, Prof Ramila Bisht, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof Sundari Ravindran, SCTIMS, and other scholars and practitioners with interest in this theoretical framework and research paradigm. 

1200 – 1300 LUNCH & NETWORKING
1300 – 1700

Gender in all policies: This session will involve independent seminars [also run as webinars] that will examine gender in health and development policies.

SEMINAR 1: Gender, Masculinities and fragility in International Development (led by Ines Smyth, Oxfam, Dr. Jeevan Sharma, Edinburgh University, Dr. Matthew Maycock, Glasgow University)

This seminar will focus on existing practices of gender analysis in international organisations, with a particular focus on masculinities and violence. It will examine how fragility is produced in the global South and how shifting local forms of masculinity impact on violence. Speakers: Abhijit Das, MenEngage, Dr Colette Harris, SOAS


SEMINAR 2: ESRC Seminar series on ‘Gender and global health institutions’ (led by Dr. Sarah Hawkes, University College London and Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami)

This seminar brings together advisors on health & gender from multilateral and bilateral organisations and academia to discuss how gender is framed in international health organisations, what does gender equality mean, how funding decisions in relation to gender are set, and whose voices are heard at agenda-setting moments. We expect a lively dialogue on the question “What is the role of gender in health and what are the gaps in advancing gender equality in health are’? The seminar is part of the ESRC-funded Gender and Health Seminar Series. Speakers: Claudia Garcia Moreno, WHO; Tim Martineau, UNAIDS, Dr Jay Bagaria, DFID

1700 - 1730 Tea/ Coffee and Networking
1730 - 1900

Chrystal Macmillan Annual Lecture: By Nira Yuval-Davis

“Situated intersectional everyday bordering and the UK Immigration Laws”

Background to the Round table on ‘Debating transnational perspectives on Intersectionality: Critiques and contributions’

The term intersectionality was coined in a specific context in the US in the 1980s in response to Black feminist critiques of the lack of attention to issues of race within feminist theory. Since then, the concept has travelled widely; taken up, expanded, and applied across disciplinary and institutional boundaries for distinct purposes.

While the concept has gained immense popularity, it is also subject to widespread critiques.  Two and half-decades since its origin, the concept continues to be mired in criticisms around its western roots, universal applications, gap in theoretical production and uptake/ methodological application, among others. On the other hand, the conceptual and methodological boundaries of this analytic framework are significantly advanced, as Intersectionality is applied in a variety of fields including health inequalities.

Thus, it seems appropriate to launch the network with a debate engaging northern and southern perspectives on Intersectionality; mainly critiques of its universality and review its contribution to different areas including public policy, feminist theory and politics, and development practice in a globalising world. Speakers will reflect on how the concept relates to questions of power relations, societal structures and wider policy discourses on inequalities.

Discussions will be enriched by a variety of standpoints and positions consolidated across the North-South and the academic-practitioner-activist divide.



GRAND is a network dedicated to building (and continually expanding) an international network of feminists, gender theorists and development practitioners, and those who are interested in consolidating and advancing the conceptual understanding of gender in their respective work.

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The launch of Gender, Rights ANd Development (GRAND) Network - 25 April 2016

We are delighted to launch the International network on Gender, Rights and Development (GRAND) and we look forward to collaborating across academic institutions, third sector organisations, policy forums and beyond. The launch event takes place at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, on the 25th of April 2016.

Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh