Interests

Development research with a political economic perspective focusing on the interaction of power and gender relations and collective action.
I study the effect of gendered social relations, norms and preferences on economic behaviour in common pool resource settings and at the intra-household level. I have a particular interest in the governance and distribution of common pool resources like water and in the synergies between ecosystem services, resource access and sustainable rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa. In much of my work, I look at the consequences of collective action challenges for equity and women's empowerment.

Gender and Collective Action among the Smurfs
(Subtitled video available on request Els.Lecoutere@gmail.com)