Janneke Verheijen is a Cultural Anthropologist with long-term ethnographic fieldwork experience in Guatemala and Malawi. Key themes throughout her work have been the everyday lives of people living in extreme poverty and changing gender relations. Janneke has worked as a social scientist at the International Crops Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Malawi, studying the impact of AIDS on food security among smallholders farmers. In her doctoral research, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she reversed the angle and explored the impact of extreme livelihood insecurity on HIV risk taking.
Methodologically, Janneke is a strong proponent of in-depth, qualitative, naturalistic research as well as transparency on data production and analysis. In the digital version of her PhD dissertation, she developed an innovative way to hyperlink her analyses to the original fieldnote excerpts on which these build.
Janneke is the author of De nieuwkijkers van El Remate: Vrouwen en televisie in de Guatemalteekse jungle (2005) and Balancing men, morals, and money: Women’s agency between HIV and security in a Malawi village (2013).
Currently Janneke teaches on Inequality, Development policy, and Gender at the Leiden University and the Leiden University College in The Hague.