Research interests

Development research at the intersection of feminist economics, development economics, and development studies, focusing on rural contexts.
I study the implications of gender, power relations, norms and other-regarding preferences for people's decisions about collective action in developing contexts. I focus on collective action in common pool resource settings and at the intrahousehold level. Additionally, I assess the impact of interventions or policy that aim to alter power relations - linked to gender or other factors that assign more or less power to individuals - on behaviour and outcomes of collective action. I am particularly concerned with the equity of outcomes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJu3pIAmHfE

Gender and Collective Action among the Smurfs
(Subtitled video available on request Els.Lecoutere@gmail.com)
https://www.een.be/iedereen-beroemd/smurfen-in-de-samenleving