Karin Steen

Lecturer

Research

I am a PhD in Sustainability science at LUCSUS. In both my research and teaching I focus on development, gender, sustainability, social change, and also qualitative methodology to study these issues.

My main research interest is in gender aspects of processes of social and institutional change, mostly in relation to issues of land and labour. Past research has focused on the social aspects of land where I study the importance of land in how gender is enacted in everyday strategies and constructed in terms of identities and how that in turn affects men’s and women’s room of maneuver in food production.  

Further, I am interested in qualitative methodology and ways to grasp social change in norms and behaviour. I use qualitative methods, such as oral history and constructivist grounded theory, to locate power and discursive signs of institutional change aiming at understanding the dynamics of gender, resources and social change. 

My regional focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa. My PhD thesis focused on Zimbabwe and I have continued with this regional focus. I am excited to now dwell into a new research project where I combine feminist theories with development theories, and investigate how love – in terms of intimacy, commitment and passion – may affect land rights in subsistence farming societies and in turn food security.

Recent research outputs

Genesis Tambang Yengoh, Armah, F. A. & Karin Steen 2015 Dec 1 In : Gender Issues. 32, 4, p. 221-244 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Karin Steen 2011 Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). 207 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

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