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Kas Sempere

PhD Researcher

Kas is a sociologist with work experience in NGOs and universities. From 2003 to 2008, she worked as a staff member in local and national associations dealing with women’s rights and popular education mainly in France, Portugal and South Africa.

From 2009 to 2015, she combined shorter international consultancy work with teaching and researching on participation at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. She now works as a research advisor for ChristianAid in London. Kas did her Masters (2005-06) and PhD (2012-16) at IDS.

Kas’ PhD was about ActionAid’s Tax Justice Campaign in Nigeria and the UK. She studied the nature and limitations of doing protest and mobilisation in a big developmental organisation – an INGO – by using a social movement theory lens. More practically, the PhD explored the conditions that enabled and limited ActionAid to connect local, national and international campaign interests.

Thematic interests: NGOs as research niches; participatory research and participatory methods in general research; participatory workshops; campaigning and social movements; Europe’s role in development; popular education; attitudes and behaviours; women’s rights and power.