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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Dr Ann Le Mare

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Geography

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My research and academic interests focus on various aspects of the geographies of development, including such topics as poverty and inequality, gender, the environment, livelihood transformations, and development in the context of conflict and reconstruction. I am particularly interested in alternative trades, encompassing Fair and Ethical Trade, and their links with developmental goals. I am currently involved in research projects in Bangladesh looking at rural development, household issues and gender as they intersect with Fair Trade employment, and in Tanzania on health and rural development issues. I am also starting a new research project considering changing livelihoods over three generations in Vietnam. As I work with a range of natural and social scientists on these projects, I am particularly interested in combining insights from physical and human geography.

My publications are aimed not only at other scholars but at development practitioners and I have written for NGOs, community workers and other professionals. I have a desire not only to contribute to academic debates but also to bring my research to bear with regard to policy and practice.


Winner of the 2010 ESRC Michael Young Prize for excellence in social science research and research findings that have the potential for impact beyond academia.

Research Interests

  • Development policies and practices
  • Gender and feminist theory
  • Alternative trades
  • Livelihoods


Articles: magazine

Journal papers: academic

Books: authored

  • Le Mare & A. Exploring the power to change: Fair Trade, development and handicraft production in Bangladesh. Saarbrucken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing; 2010.
  • Le Mare & A. Coming from the silence: Quaker peacebuilding initiatives in Northern Ireland 1969-2007. York: William Sessions Ltd: York; 2009.
  • Fawcett, S., Hanlin, R., Le Mare, A., Papaioannou, T. & Wilson, G. Introducing Development. Milton Keynes.: Open University: Milton Keynes; 2008.