Cathy McIlwaine

Cathy McIlwaine is Professor of Geography at the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London where she has worked since 1995. Her research revolves around issues of gender, poverty and violence especially in cities of the global South, especially in Latin America, but also in South East Asia and southern Africa.

In the last 15 years she has also worked on transnational migration among the Latin American community in London on migrant, transnational livelihoods, citizenship and political participation among migrants from a gendered perspective. Most recently, Cathy has been directing a project on ‘Violence Against Women and Girls among Brazilian women in London and among women in Rio de Janeiro’. She has always worked at the interface of policy and academic with a range of international and local organisations in London.

She is on the advisory board of the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) in London as well as a trustee of the charities Children Change Colombia and Latin Elephant. She has published ten books including most recently Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South (with Sylvia Chant [2016], Routledge), Cross-Border Migration among Latin Americans ([2011] Palgrave Macmillan), and Global Cities at Work: New Migrant Divisions of Labour (with Jane Wills, Kavita Datta, Jo Herbert, Jon May and Yara Evans) ([2010] Pluto) as well as over 40 journal papers.


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