Rosie Westerveld is a multilingual academic, consultant and project manager in the fields of international development, gender and education, NGO partnership development and practices. She is interested in topics spanning violence and human rights, social justice and equality, social movements and activism, alternative pedagogies and participation.
She has significant experiences working across transnational contexts (Europe, Brazil, Africa, the Middle East, Indian Ocean, South Asia) with international institutions, academic institutions and NGOs.
Rosie is currently an ESRC White Rose DTP Scholarship doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield School of Management. Her research focuses on Strengthening Civil Society: Linking theory, practice and policy to improve inter-organisational partnerships for international development. She works in the Institute of Psychology with Dr Burns and Dr Girei, and is a member of the Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID).
Dr Diane Burns, Lecturer in Organization Studies
Dr Emanuela Girei, Lecturer in Organisational behaviour and Work Psychology
Strengthening Civil Society: Linking theory, practice and policy to improve inter-organisational partnerships for international development
Scope of Research
This interdisciplinary research is embedded in political sociology, management and organisational studies, and development studies. It seeks to investigate Development Partnerships (DPs) as interorganisational, transnational, and North-South NGO organisational partnerships operating in the field of international development.
Focusing on an existing partnership between organisations located in the UK and in Nepal, the study aims to generate knowledge and evidence that can enhance the capacity of organisations to establish and foster sustainable, interdependent and effective partnerships.
Post-colonial, feminist and Southern theories are drawn upon to design the Critical Participatory Action-Research (CPAR) approach to the research, specific to the organisational and empirical settings under investigation.
Expected contributions are many-folded, notably: theoretical (evidence and explanatory theory of the strategies, modalities and practices that support strong and sustainable partnerships), practical (recommendations for improving international partnerships) and methodological (CPAR in management and business research in the context of international development).
Involvement in any Previous Research Projects
Research Associate on the End Gender Violence in Schools Initiative with the Institute of Education, University College London, in partnership with UNICEF, GPE and UNGEI / Research Associate on the 'More than knowledge transfer? The wider benefits of postgraduate taught programmes for international development' project within the Education, Practice and Society Department with the Institute of Education, University College London
2018 “Empowering action-research? The challenges in aligning ethics and engagement in participatory approaches”, Rosie Westerveld, University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies Annual Postgraduate Conference “Researching Society, New Horizons”
2018 “Multidimensional action-research – Journeying the enactment of participation through ethics and reflexivity”, Rosie Westerveld, Sheffield Institute for International Development PGR Conference ‘Development in an Uncertain World, Sheffield
2018 “Beyond the liberal democratic narratives: how action-research engages with situated civil societies”, Rosie Westerveld, Workshop on Studying Civil Society, White Rose Doctoral Pathway Civil Society, Development, Democracy, University of York
2017 “Action-research set in context – ethical and methodological reflections on practices in ‘sensitive environments’” (French), Rosie Westerveld, Conference on international development – knowledge, engagement and skills, Université de Bordeaux and Université de la Sorbonne
2016 “A Rigorous Review of Global Evidence on Policy and Practice on School-Related Gender-Based Violence”, Rosie Westerveld and Jo Heslop, Young Lives conference on Adolescence, Youth and Gender: Building Knowledge for change, delivered in Oxford
2012 “Measuring the immeasurable and making it visible in order to promote action: the gender observatories in between operational and political issues”, Elisabeth Hofmann and Rosie Westerveld - Gender and Family and farmer agriculture: North and South perspectives Conference, delivered in France
2012 “Gender equality observatories: tools to influence policy measures towards concrete progress for women’s rights and their economic power”, AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development - Transforming economical power to advance women’s rights and justice, For Genre en Action, delivered in Turkey
"Addressing School-Related Gender-Based Violence in Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Zambia and Ethiopia: A Cross-country Report", Jenny Parkes, Freya Johnson Ross, Jo Heslop, Rosie Westerveld, Elaine Unterhalter, Institute of Education – University College London, in partnership with UNICEF, GPE and UNGEI, 2017
4 Country Scoping Studies (Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Zambia, Ethiopia), Jenny Parkes, Freya Johnson Ross, Rosie Westerveld, Jo Heslop, Elaine Unterhalter, Institute of Education – University College London, in partnership with UNICEF, GPE and UNGEI, 2017
“Rigorous Global Literature Review of Evidence on School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV)”, Jenny Parkes, Freya Johnson Ross, Jo Heslop, Rosie Westerveld and Elaine Unterhalter, Institute of Education – University College London, in partnership with UNICEF, GPE and UNGEI, 2016
“Measuring the immeasurable and making it visible in order to promote action: the gender observatories in between operational and political issues”, Elisabeth Hofmann and Rosie Westerveld in CIRAD, Gender and Family and farmer agriculture: North and South perspectives, May 2014
“Global education: key stakes in the European context”, Rosie Westerveld, 2010
“Development and international solidarity education: self-evaluating our actions, Methodological guide”, Collaboration to the guide produced by CIEDEL, Educasol et F3E, September 2009