Principal Research Fellow (September 2015 – November 2016)
Ineke Buskens was a Principal Research Fellow with the Gender Tech Lab where she developed a research project on gender Ideologies and ICTs – learning to appreciate human diversity through digital innovations.
Ineke hails from Limburg, in the Netherlands, and obtained her Drs degree in Cultural Anthropology from Leiden Universiteit. She has lived and worked the biggest part of her life in the global South: in Ghana, India, Brazil and South Africa. Striving for social justice and respect for cultural diversity have always been driving her, bringing out her innovative leadership capacities. As a fifteen-year-old, she designed and facilitated the focus group discussions which led to her school reforming its religious education to include all the world’s religions. As a graduate student, she co-designed and co-facilitated the first major women studies in the Netherlands. Upon her appointment at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria, South Africa in 1990, she designed and facilitated the first experiential qualitative research training in the country and created one of the first opportunities in South Africa for researchers of all ethnic groups to train together. In 1996 Ineke started her consultancy, Research For the Future, working in Africa and internationally as research, facilitation and gender consultant. Since 2005, Ineke has been leading the GRACE Network, which involved 28 teams in 18 countries and led to the successful completion of 35 Gender and ICT projects and two path-breaking books which were co-authored by all the GRACE researchers (grace-network.net).