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Dr. Sarah Bradshaw has a PhD from the London School of Economic and is a Principal Lecturer in Development Studies at Middlesex University, London.  Her work falls within the broad area of gender and development.  For the last 15 years she has combined her academic work with practitioner activities, working with a number of NGOs in Nicaragua.  Her research has focussed on gendered power relations within households, gendered experiences of poverty and poverty alleviation, and on the collective responses of women’s movements to promoting women’s rights.  Her latest book – Gender, Development and Disasters – published by Edward Elgar, reflects the other major area of her work, exploring the gendered impacts of, and responses to ‘natural disasters’ in the developing world context.