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Beatriz Santos Barreto

Beatriz Santos Barreto

My main research interests are how gender and sexuality influence social, economical and political aspects of life. In 2015, I completed my MA in Gender Analysis in International Development at the University of East Anglia. In my master’s dissertation I argued that when development initiatives do not challenge normative structures, they can become another tool that reinforces these structures, which diminishes development projects' reach and effectiveness.

My PhD research is focused on LGBTQ rights and activism in Brazil. I will investigate how demands are valued and achieved within the diversity of identities, who has been benefitted and where have laws existed without meaningful change in day-to-day lives. I am also interested in questioning current methodologies’ capability of monitoring social policy outcomes for a diverse movement in a diverse country. Growing opposition to LGBTQ rights in Brazil makes it urgent to address these issues and to question whether current perspectives apply to a more adverse political context.

My PhD is funded by the Cambridge Trust and a Hughes Hall PhD Scholarship