Ineke Buskens Joins UNU-CS
Ineke Buskens, a world leading scholar in ICTs and gender, has joined the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) helping to lead the Gender Tech Lab.
Ineke has published on qualitative and emancipatory research methodology, women’s health and HIV/AIDS, gender and information communication technology and open development. Born in the Netherlands Ineke obtained her Drs degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Leiden (the Netherlands). Whilst still a graduate student, Ineke co-designed and co-facilitated the first women’s studies majors in the country (1978-1980). As head of the Centre for Research Methodology at the Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa (1991-1996), Ineke designed and facilitated the country’s first experientially based, qualitative research education modules and provided some of the first opportunities for social science researchers of different ethnic backgrounds to learn together. Ineke has been the GRACE Network’s research director and project leader since its inception in 2004 and has been the main editor of its two books (Gender Research in Africa and the Middle East into ICT for Empowerment). Ineke stands for an epistemology of empowered inclusion: knowledge needs to be formed and informed by the people who are affected by it. This makes intentional agency, critical self-directed awareness, dialogue, creativity and self-care imperative capacities. Hence the emphasis Ineke places on nurturing these in all the people she involves in her projects. Ineke has lived in Europe, Ghana, India, Brazil and South Africa and looks forward to the adventure of living in Macao and exploring Asia.