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Katie McQuaid Dr Katie McQuaid

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



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Research overview

Katie is an anthropologist with expertise on gender and sexuality, education, intergenerationality, climate change, sexual and reproductive health, and human rights in urban Africa. Her work creatively combines ethnographic and participatory arts-based methodologies as tools for research, knowledge exchange and impact in Uganda, India and Malawi.

Her doctoral work focused upon violence, humanitarianism and human rights amongst refugees from the Democratic Repulic of Congo in Uganda. She conducted two years' ethnographic fieldwork in Uganda (2011-2012)  exploring the practices of displaced Congolese human rights defenders and the complex persecution and marginalisation of refugees on the basis of their sexual orienation and gender identity and expression.


McQuaid, K., R.M. Vanderbeck, G. Valentine, C. Liu, L. Chen, M. Zhang, K. Diprose (2018) Urban climate change, livelihood vulnerability and narratives of generational responsibility in Jinja, Uganda. Africa 88(1): 1-27.

McQuaid, K. (2018) Defenders beyond borders: An ethnographic exploration of Congolese human rights defenders in Ugandas humanitarian refugee regime. Human Rights Defender Hub Working Paper Series 3. York: Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York.

McQuaid, K. (2017) There is violence across, in all arenas: Listening to stories of violence amongst sexual minority refugees in Uganda. International Journal for Human Rights.

McQuaid, K. and J. Plastow (2017) Ethnography, applied theatre and Stiwanism: Creative methods in search of praxis amongst men and women in Jinja, Uganda. Journal of International Development 29(7): 961-980.

McQuaid, K. (2016) We raise up the voice of the voiceless: Voice, rights and resistance amongst Congolese Human Rights Defenders in Uganda. Refuge 32(1): 50-59.


Current projects

  • Promoting sexual and reproductive health education among adolescents through creative and youth-led practice in India, Malawi and Uganda
  • Engendering equality: working holistically in a Ugandan slum to challenge gendered inequalities, sexual ignorance and abusive sexual behaviours
  • Keeping girls in school and safe from exploitation in Jinja, Uganda

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