W. (Wendy) Harcourt

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Wendy Harcourt is Professor of Gender, Diversity and Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The Hague. 

She is currently Chair of the Institute Council, member of the Research Committee, CIRI Research Group Coordinator and Coordinator of the Marie Curie ITN 'WEGO'

Dr Wendy Harcourt joined the ISS in November 2011 after 23 years at the Society for International Development, Rome as Editor of the journal Development and Director of Programmes. She has edited 10 books and her monograph: 'Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development' published by Zed Books in 2009, received the 2010 Feminist Women Studies Association Book Prize. She is series editor of both the Palgrave Gender, Development and Social Change and the ISS-Routledge Series on Gender, Development and Sexuality, a member of the International Governing Council of the Society for International Development as well as actively involved in gender and development journal boards and civil society networks.

She is Coordinator of the Research Group on Civic Innovation, Chair of the ISS Institute Council as well as Coordinator of the EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender, and Community). 

  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2012). Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces Lost, Spaces Gained (Gender, Development and Social Change). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2009). Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development. London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt & A. Escobar (Ed.). (2005). Women and the Politics of Place. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (1999). Women@Internet: Creating New Cultures in Cyberspace. London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (1997). Power, Reproduction and Gender : the Intergenerational Transfer of Knowledge. London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (1994). Feminist Perspectives on Sustainable Development. London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt (2017). Preface. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Bodies in Resistance: Gender and Sexual Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism (Gender, Development and social Change) (pp. v-vi). London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt & J. Pitanguy (2017). Body politics, Human Rights and Public Policies in Brazil: In Conversation with Jacqueline Pitanguay. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Bodies in Resistance: Gender politics in the age of neoliberalism (Gender, development and social change) (pp. 275-295). London: Palgrave Macmilan
  • W. Harcourt (2017). ‘Glocal’ Networking for Gender Equality and Sustainable Livelihoods. In B. Bock & S. Shortall (Eds.), Gender and Rural Globalization: International Perspectives on Gender and Rural Development (pp. 272-287). Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK: CABI
  • W. Harcourt, S. Heumann & A. Asya (2017). Introduction. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Bodies in Resistance: Gender and Sexual Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism (Gender, Development and Social Change) (pp. 1-21). London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt (2017). Bodies in Resistance: Conversations on Gender, Body Politics and Authoritarian Neoliberalism. In C.B. Tansel (Ed.), States of Discipline: Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Contested Reproduction of Capitalist Order (Transforming Capitalism) (pp. 67-86). London: Rowman and Littlefield
  • W. Harcourt (2017). The Development Industry and the Co-optation of Body Politics. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Bodies in Resistance: Gender and Sexual Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism (Gender, Development and Social Change) (pp. 191-211). London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • P. Trejo-Mendez, P. Sánchez de la Blanca, L. Santamaría Buitrago, E.C. Sardoni, G. simula & W. Harcourt (2016). Resistance and Hope: youth responses to the economic crisis in Southern Europe. In K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics) (pp. 192-211). Abington, UK: Routledge
  • W. Harcourt, K. Biekart & P. Knorringa (2016). Conclusion: Moving Agendas Forward. In K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 123) (pp. 251-266). Abington, UK: Routledge
  • K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (2016). Introduction: Giving Meaning to Civic Innovation. In K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 123) (pp. 1-19). Abington, UK; New York, NY: Rouledge
  • A. Escobar & W. Harcourt (2016). The intersection of women, culture and development: conversations about visions for the future - take two. In K.-K. Bhavnani, J. Foran, P.A. Kurian & D. Munshi (Eds.), Feminist Futures: Reimagining Women, Culture and Development (pp. 278-294). London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt, R.A. Icaza Garza & V. Vargas (2016). Exploring embodiment and intersectionality in transnational feminist activist research. In K Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (pp. 148-167). London: Routledge
  • W. Harcourt (2016). Body Politics. In N. Naples, R.C. Hoogland, M. Wickramasinghe & W.C.A. Wong (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedias in Social Sciences) (pp. 1-3). London: Wiley-Blackwell
  • W. Harcourt (2016). Third World Women. In N.A. Naples (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (5 vols). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell
  • W. Harcourt (2016). Sustainable Livelihoods. In N. Naples, R.C. Hoogland, M. Wickramasinghe & W.C.A. Wong (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell
  • W. Harcourt (2016). Place. In J. Adamson, W.A. Gleason & D.N Pellow (Eds.), Keywords for Environmental Studies (Keywords) (pp. 161-163). New York: New York University Press
  • W. Harcourt (2016). Imagining Feminist Futures. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development: Critical Engagements in Feminist Theory and Practice (pp. 615-623). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt (2016). Introduction: Dilemmas, Dialogues, Debates. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development: Critical Engagements in Feminist Theory and Practice (pp. 1-12). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt (2015). The slips and slides of trying to live feminist political ecology. In W. Harcourt & I.L. Nelson (Eds.), Practicing Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the Green Economy (pp. 238-259). London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt & I.L. Nelson (2015). Introduction: are we ‘green’ yet? And the violence of asking such a question. In W. Harcourt & I.L. Nelson (Eds.), Practicing Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the Green Economy (pp. 1-26). London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt (2015). ‘Conclusion: Body Politics and the Making and Unmaking of Gender and Development’. In Christine Verschuur, Isabelle Guérin & Helene Guétat-Bernard (Eds.), Under Development: Gender (Gender, Development and Social Change) (pp. 306-316). London: Palgrave Macmilan
  • R. Baksh & W. Harcourt (2015). Introduction: Rethinking Knowledge, Power, and Social Change. In R. Baksh & W. Harcourt (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements (Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations) (pp. 1-50). New York, NY: Oxford University Press
  • W. Harcourt, S. Knox & T. Tabassi (2015). World-wise otherwise stories for our endtimes: conversations on queer ecologies. In W. Harcourt & I. Nelson (Eds.), Practicing Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the 'Green Economy' (Gender, Development and Environment) (pp. 286-308). London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt, A.B. Wilson, A. Escobar & D. Rocheleau (2013). A Massey Muse. In D. Featherstone & J. Painter (Eds.), Spatial Politics: Essays for Doreen Massey (pp. 158-177). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • W. Harcourt (2013). Reproductive and Sexual Politics. In J Krieger (Ed.), Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics (2 vols). New York: Oxford University Press
  • W. Harcourt (2012). Epilogue: Green Washing Warnings. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces Lost, Spaces Gained (Gender, Development and Social Change) (pp. 266-268). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt & L.F. Morrissey (2012). Critical Views of Development: Sustaining livelihoods in the face of global crises. In M. Cangiani (Ed.), Alternative Approaches to Development (Collana di antropologi, 26). Padova (Italy): CLEUP
  • W. Harcourt (2012). Prologue. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces Lost, Spaces Gained (Gender, Development and Social Change) (pp. xii-xiii). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt & J. Stremmelaar (2012). Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: an Introduction. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces Lost, Spaces Gained (Gender, Development and Social Change) (pp. 1-11). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt (2011). Care Economies and Collective Well-Being in Contemporary European Feminist Organizing. In A. Woodward, J.-M. Bonvin & M. Renom (Eds.), Transforming Gendered Well-Being in Europe: the Impact of Social Movements (Gender and Well-Being) (pp. 249-264). Farnham, UK: Ashgate
  • W. Harcourt (2011). Feminist Political Ecology. In N. Visvanathan, L. Duggan, N. Wiegersma & L. Nisonoff (Eds.), The Women, Gender and Development Reader: 2nd ed (pp. 43-46). London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt (2015). Feminists organizing for „glocal“ change. Reflections for Beijing +20. Frauen*solidarität (online), 12-16.
  • S. Heumann & W. Harcourt (2015). Gender, Sexuality and Global Inequalities: Understanding the Interconnections. DevISSues, 17 (1), 2-2. doi: http://issuu.com/devissues/docs/devissues_17_1_2015_web
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2012) Development Journal of SID, 55(1).
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2012) Development Journal of SID, 55(2).
  • B.E. Buscher, M. Arsel, L. Pellegrini & W. Harcourt (2012). Environmental Studies Colloquium series: 'Critical Engagements with the Green Economy'. A series of three colloquia and a conference organized (March, June, October and November): .
  • W. Harcourt, M. Dassanou, A. Nelson & E. Vazquez (2011). Addressing Gender Asymmetries and the Role of Women Entrepreneurs. Society for International Development World Congress 2011: Our Common Challenge: a World Moving towards a Sustainable Future: Washington, DC (2011, juli 29 - 2011, juli 31).
  • W. Harcourt (2011). Women Empowering Women: Inside stories of empowerment from the MDG3 Fund. (blog). Rome: IPS-Inter Press Service.
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2017). Bodies in Resistance: Gender and Sexual Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism (Gender, Development and Social Change). London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2016). The Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Development Handbook: Critical Engagements in Feminist Theory and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Ed.). (2016). Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 123). Abington, UK: Routledge
  • W. Harcourt (2015, juni 8). Development as a violation of body environment and community. University of Helsinki, Conference on Post Development as a Paradigm.
  • W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2015) Development Journal of SID, 48(3).
  • W. Harcourt & I. Nelson (Ed.). (2015). Practising Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the 'Green Economy'. London: Zed Books
  • W. Harcourt (2015, augustus 12). Feminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care: ­ In search of Economic Alternatives. University of Melbourne, Seminar at the Faculty of Politics and Social Studies.
  • R. Baksh & W. Harcourt (Ed.). (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements (Oxford Handbooks in Politics and International Relations). New York, NY: Oxford University Press
  • W. Harcourt (2015, oktober 30). Global networking for gender equality and sustainable livelihoods. University of Passau, Symposium on Institutions and Sustainable Development through an Interdisciplinary Lens.
  • S. Heumann & W. Harcourt (Eds.). (2015) DevISSues, 17(1).
  • B. Radley, J.D. Parra Heredia, C. Embido Bejeno, W. Harcourt, C. Sathyamala, E. Smidt, T. Soukotta & Y. Zahda (Eds.). (2015) Development, 58(1).
  • W. Harcourt (2014). UN Women on Sustainable Development. Expert group meeting oranized by UN Women and the FAO on 'The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development': Rome (2014, februari 6).
  • W. Harcourt (2014). Alternatives (panel contribution to session 4). British Academy Conference 'After 2015: Development and its Alternatives': London (2014, september 10 - 2014, september 11).
  • W. Harcourt & P. Trejo Mendez (2014). Women, Youth and the Economic Crisis in Southern Europe. Paper presented at the 14th General EADI Conference on 'Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes': Bonn (2014, juni 23 - 2014, juni 26).
  • W. Harcourt & T. Truong (Eds.). (2014) Gender, Technology and Development, 18(1).
  • W. Harcourt (2014). Critical feminist reflections on the development promise: 15 years on. Annual thematic conference 2014 of the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD): "Reflections on MDG 1 'Decent Work for All’: Where Do We Stand?": Kassel, Germany (2014, juli 3 - 2014, juli 4).
  • W. Harcourt (2014). Realising gender equality and women’s rights in a neoliberal era. Keynote speech at the Forum 'Realising Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Neoliberal Era', hosted by WO=MEN and KIT Gender: Amsterdam (2014, januari 16).
  • W. Harcourt (2014). The Economic Crisis and the Politics of Place. Keynote speech at the conference 'The European Economc Crisis and its Consequences for Women': Gothenberg, Sweden (2014, maart 20 - 2014, maart 21).
  • W. Harcourt (2014). Academic Panel 'Women's Movements Responses to New Global Political and Economic Dynamics'. 14th General EADI Conference on ‘Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequalities, Citizenship and the Middle Classes’: Bonn (2014, juni 23 - 2014, juni 26).
  • W. Harcourt (2014). Global body politics and discourses to end gender based violence in Nepal. Workshop on Intimate Partner Violence in Marginalised Settings: Re-theorising Agency for Global Public Health: London (2014, maart 24).
  • W. Harcourt (2013). Feminist Political Ecologies: Glocal struggles for wellbeing and livelihoods (PhD workshop: 'Transnational feminist research: global connections and rural realities from a critical perspective'). WASS Seminar and Phd master class (Re -) Engaging with Agrarian Transformation: the Rural, a Battlefield of New Social Hierarchies?: Wageningen, The Netherlands (2013, december 4 - 2013, december 6).
  • W. Harcourt (2013). ‘Gender, environment and place-based globalism’. Keynote speech at the Conference in honour of Parto Teherani-Krönner, Humboldt University,: Berlin, Germany (2013, januari 25).
  • W. Harcourt (2013, juni 25). Global body politics: contestations in gender and development. Vienna, Guest Lecture, Department Development Studies, University of Vienna, Austria,.
  • W. Harcourt (2013, april 3). Challenging the gender and development narrative. San Francisco, ISA panel gender and global governance.
  • W. Harcourt (2013, april 18). ‘Gender and sustainable livelihoods: linking gendered experiences of environment, community and self’. Wageningen, The Netherlands, Keynote speech at the Farewell Seminar in honour of Professor Anke Niehof, Wageningen University,.
  • W. Harcourt (2012). ‘New dynamics for gender equality in a changing context’, keynote address. UN-DCF Vienna Policy Dialogue on ‘Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment: The role of development cooperation’, UN Women and UN DESA: Vienna, Austria (2012, december 13 - 2012, december 14).[go to publisher's site]
  • W. Harcourt: ‘Body Politics in Development’. University of Bonn (Germany), September 2012, Seminar on Gender and Development Center for Development Research (ZEF).
  • W. Harcourt (2012). "Thematic Session. Feminist Futures". Paper presented at the meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Denver, CO (2012, augustus 17 - 2012, augustus 20).

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