Dr. Astrid V. Pérez Piñán

Dr. Astrid V. Pérez Piñán
Assistant Professor
Office: HSD A352

PhD (Trinity College Dublin)

Professional Information & Research Interests

Professional Information

Dr. Astrid Vanessa Pérez Piñán was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Administration where she teaches graduate courses in Gender Mainstreaming, Citizen Participation and Democratic Governance; Culture, Conflict and Diversity, and Research Methods in Community Development. She has a PhD in Gender and International Development from Trinity College Dublin (Rep. of Ireland), a Masters in International Peace Studies from the same institution, and a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico. Her PhD thesis (2015) is entitled ‘Engendering Effectiveness: A Feminist Critique of the New Aid Architecture.’

In her work, Astrid Vanessa combines interdisciplinary research with feminist scholarship to critically explore the changing international development landscape, including new forms of development cooperation that address issues of gender inequality. She is interested in the 'measurement turn' in global development and the processes leading to the creation of alternatives to neoliberal economic development emerging at the community level globally, not limited to but including Indigenous and afro-descendant communities.  Her other areas of research include: politics of colonization and decolonization, and sustainable development.

Currently, she is principal investigator in the SSHRC funded research: ‘Managing for Gender and Human Rights-Based Results in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy’ focused on developing gender-responsive, context specific indicators of aid effectiveness for rights-based, gender equality projects. Astrid Vanessa is also co-investigator in another SSHRC funded research project: ‘Four Stories of Food Sovereignty: Transnational crises and local action’ with an interdisciplinary team of scholars https://www.fourstoriesaboutfood.org/ where, together with an international group of scholars and community practitioners, she explores local practices of food production, and the nexus between climate change, gender and food sovereignty. She brings her feminist perspectives as co-investigator in another transnational group of academics and community-based researchers to the project ‘Bridging knowledge cultures: The knowledge for change global consortium on training and community-based participatory research’ also funded by SSHRC.

Prior to academia, Astrid Vanessa followed a career in international development working in the non-governmental sector and as a consultant in Europe.

Research Interests

  • Feminist Political Economy
  • Feminist Epistemologies
  • Transnational and Indigenous Feminisms
  • Community/ Economic Development and Wellbeing
  • Colonization and Decolonization
  • Global South/ Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa