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Katie McQuaid Dr Katie McQuaid

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Room 10.125 Irene Manton Building
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


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Research overview

Katie is an anthropologist currently working on the INTERSECTION project, researching intergenerational justice, environmental responsibility, climate change and sustainability in Uganda, combining social science and arts-based methods (fieldwork Jan-Nov 2015). Her wider work focuses upon violence, humanitarianism and human rights amongst refugees from violent conflict. She conducted two years' ethnographic fieldwork in Uganda (2011-2012) with refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, considering how violence and human rights are experienced and articulated amongst those living within humanitarian regimes. This research explores the practice of Congolese human rights defenders and the complex persecution and marginalisation of sexual minorities.


McQuaid, K. (Forthcoming) “‘There is violence across, in all arenas’: Listening to stories of violence amongst sexual minority refugees in Uganda,” International Journal for Human Rights Special Issue: Sexuality and Transitional Justice.

Plastow, J. and K. McQuaid (2017) “From Research to Activism: Making Theatre and Anthropology in Walukuba, Uganda”, Critical Stages: The International Association of Theatre Critics Journal Special Issue on Contemporary African Drama and Theatre (Ed. F. Osofisan and T. Olaniyan), 15.

McQuaid, K. (2016) ‘“We raise up the voice of the voiceless’: Voice, rights and resistance amongst Congolese Human Rights Defenders in Uganda,” Refuge Special Issue: Refugee Voices. 32(1).

McQuaid, K. (2014) “Violent Continuities: Telling stories of one sexual minority life in the African Great Lakes region,” Identities: Global Studies in...

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