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Gender, Social Policies, Conditional Cash Transfers, Development, Latin America, Feminism
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I am professor in development and international cooperation in the political science department of the Université du Québec à Montréal.

I am working on gender and diffusion processes of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs in Latin America. I analyze the diffusion of gender cognitive structures, through CCT programs, as a means of diffusion of a new post-neoliberal paradigm for development in Latin America.  I obtained my PhD at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, that was financed by the NCCR North-South and administrated by Swisspeace, Bern.

My PhD dissertation, sustained in September 2012, proposed to analyze the social representations of gender and poverty conveyed by anti-poverty policies in Peru and Bolivia in order to bring out the regime of citizenship to which they refer. The analysis of about one hundred interviews with policymakers and the “beneficiaries” of such policies have revealed their social representations. Discourse confrontation exposed the power relationship at stake in the construction of the representations of poverty and poor women as well as the relationship between state and women and between the latter. Social representations of poverty were consensual within each country but they pointed out antagonistic public policies referential. While the representations of poverty fundamentally differed between each country, maternalism was a common reference. Moreover, policymakers and “beneficiaries” expressed conflicting positions about women’s volunteer work and their maternal roles. Furthermore, the relations between state and women were characterized by ambivalence between internalization and the creation of neo-populist features. Likewise, the relations between women were structured more vertically than horizontally and tended to reproduce the relationship established by the state with them. Finally, despite the vicissitudes underlying women’s participation in the antipoverty programs, this participation leads to changes in their daily life.

Recent Publications

“Programas de transferencias condicionadas y representaciones de la pobreza y en Bolivia y Perú”, Política y Sociedad,Vol. 52, Núm. 3 (2015): 771-791

“Políticas de luchas contra la pobreza y neo-populismos en Perú y Bolivia”, Revista Decursos, Num. 30, (2015): 157-190.

« Représentations de la pauvreté au Pérou et en Bolivie », Outre-terre, num. 43, (2015): 330-341.

« Programmes de transferts conditionnés au Pérou et en Bolivie : entre ciblage et universalisation de l’assistance sociale », Revue internationale de politique comparée, no1, vol. 21, (2014): 111-132.


« Programmes de transferts conditionnés et santé maternelle au Pérou et en Bolivie », Cahiers de santé publique et de protection sociale, num. 15, (2014): 61-69.

« Clientélisme ‘à l’envers’ des dirigeantes des organisations liées à l’alimentation à Lima, dans Thede, Nancy et Mélanie Dufour-Poirier (dir.), L’Amérique latine. Laboratoire du politique autrement, Montréal, 2014, Les Presses de l’Université du Québec, pp. 105-122.

“Social Investment Perspective, Gender and Conditional Cash Transfer Programs in Peru and Bolivia”, dans Rocha Lukic, Melina et Carla Tomazini (dir.), Analyzing Public Policies in Latin America: A Cognitive Approach, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, pp. 1-24.

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