Mariel Bianca

biancaMariel recently completed her Master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science in Gender, Development and Globalization. Her challenging Masters program focused on theoretical and practical analyses of gender, race and development, which have been crucial in developing her critical analytical skills in understanding how policies are made and why policies have succeeded or failed. She has interned at the International Center for Transitional Justice, wherein she completed a short-term research project on gender mainstreaming in transitional justice in Kenya, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, South Africa and Sierra Leone. Her interests include: human rights, gender justice especially in post-conflict settings, and transitional justice more broadly.

Carmina Ravanera

squarephotoCarmina is interested in understanding and analyzing the interplay between global inequalities, gender and race relations, and coloniality, especially pertaining to indigenous peoples. She did her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Canada, and recently finished her Masters in Gender, Development and Globalisation at the London School of Economics, with distinction. Her Masters dissertation was an analysis of the 2014 Canadian government’s inability to fully address the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, and its denial of its historical and contemporary complicity in the phenomenon. She has also interned with development NGOs in India and the Philippines.

Carmina is a writer, editor and lit fanatic. Her current favourite author is Kazuo Ishiguro, whose stories bring unique human and geographical landscapes to light.

Cassandra Pilla

cassieCassandra has just completed her Masters in Gender, Development and Globalization at the London School of Economics, where she wrote her dissertation on the representations of child marriage and adolescent pregnancy in sexual and reproductive health discourse specific to developing countries. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Globalization. Cassandra has worked for different NGOs on development, gender, and health issues in Canada, South Africa and Botswana and has volunteered in Thailand and Morocco. Her research interests include gender, race, public health, postcolonial studies, sexual and reproductive health issues, and international development. She is currently working on a maternal health project in Bhutan (spearheaded by a fellow LSE graduate).

When she is not busy working, Cassandra enjoys reading and yoga, and is an amateur photographer – her favorite subjects are nature, wildlife and her dog Scarlett.

Rachele Megna


Rachele is an editor , writer and sports lover. She has recently graduated from a Masters at the LSE Gender Institute, with distinction, and is ready to start a new experience in New York at UN Women. Her interests range from continental philosophy, to intersectionality as a methodology, to ethics and research more generally. She also has a passion for literature, poetry and for running!

Roberta Patellaro

robertaRoberta has recently graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, and before that from the University of Birmingham with a BA in History and Politics.
Combining interests in left wing politics with gender issues, she conducted research for her master’s dissertation on Italian trade unionism, focusing on issues of representation of the working body facing corporate restructuring and relocation. When she is not reading and researching about gender issues and labour rights in development theory and practice, you can probably find her doing some hard-core RPG gaming, rocking out at some gig or practicing some Shorinji Kempo in the dojo.

Most recent favourite quote: ‘Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?’

Victoria Marie Page 

meVictoria’s research interests are in gender, race, urban violence, masculinities, colonialism, spectacle, carnival and performance. Victoria is completing an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation at the London School of Economics (LSE). Victoria graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with a First Class Honours in Development Studies and History and has since worked on gender and community projects in Latin America, Africa and South Asia.

Victoria is a passionate dancer and loves painting, photography and creative writings. Alongside her research Victoria works as a dancer performer and teacher and has a strong interest in the role of dance in high violence and post-conflict settings. She is currently conducting research into Funk dance in Rio de Janeiro and its relationship to the ongoing Pacification security project. Alongside this, Victoria is supporting with the establishment of a youth dance project in one of Rio’s favelas.