Lab member Md Azmeary Ferdoush, a researcher from the University of Eastern Finland recently published “Gendering the BRI: a viewpoint” with Kanchana N. Ruwanpura. It is available from the Tailor & Francis Online website here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0966369X.2023.2234660
Our central purpose in this viewpoint is to briefly overview the existing literature on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and argue both how pivotal it is in underlining the experiences of local communities and do so from a gendered perspective. If the BRI is a global project in the making, as many argue, then it is important to appreciate how local people make claims, contest when their claims are ignored, refuted, or misrecognized, and through this understand how gendered notions of citizenship are disrupted and enacted. Therefore, we call for further research that genders the BRI to understand the interconnections along the axes between citizenship, claims and contestations to assess the spatial and temporal changes that a global project, such as the BRI, may bring about.