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Karin Steen

Lecturer, Director of Studies for the LUMES program

Current Research

The research question guiding my research is: to what extent is the gendered organisation and management of labour and land in subsistence farming a constraining or enabling factor for achieving food security? My geographical focus is sub-Saharan Africa. I am initiating new research on the importance of love, as an emotion, for understanding vulnerability, sustainability and development. Love is a perfect place to study power.



I am a PhD in Sustainability science at LUCSUS. In my research I have focused on gender aspects of processes of social and institutional change, mainly in relation to issues of land and labour. I study the social aspects of land where I focus on the importance of land in how gender is enacted in everyday strategies and constructed in terms of identities.

Using qualitative methods, such as different kinds of interviews and observations, and drawing on gender and institutional theories, which recognise power and discursive signs of institutional change, my research aims at understanding the dynamics of gender and social change.

Further, I am interested in qualitative methodology and ways to grasp social change. In this aspect I am interested in how social constructivism and grounded theory can be used to study institutional change.

My regional focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa. My PhD thesis focused on Zimbabwe and I have continued with this regional focus within my post doc research.

PhD Thesis: Time to farm


My teaching is mainly in the fields of gender, development and sustainabilty. Most of my teaching is at multi-disciplinary international profile Masters in Development, Master in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, and Bachelour in Development. I am a tutor for students at bachelor level and master level. I am director for the Master of Science in Development at Graduate School at the social sceince faculty at Lund University.



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


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E-mail: karin [dot] steen [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se


LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

+46 46 222 80 83

Josephson, 221

Josephson, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund


Visiting lecturer

Department of Human Geography


Visiting lecturer

Department of Political Science


P.O. Box 170, SE-222 70 Lund, Sweden
Phone: +46(0)46- 222 80 81
info [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se