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Julia Zulver

Julia Zulver

(DPhil (Sociology), MPhil (Latin American Studies))

Postdoctoral Gender Research Officer
Pembroke College

I completed my DPhil in Sociology in August 2018. Currently, I am working as the Gender Research Officer for Oxford’s CONPEACE Programme at the Changing Character of War Centre. I am undertaking fieldwork at the Colombian-Venezuelan border to investigate the gendered impacts of the reconfiguration of armed conflict and Venezuelan migration on women living the borderlands.

As of January 2020 I will begin a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship at the UNAM in Mexico City and the University of Oxford.

Research Interests

I am a political sociologist whose work focuses on women’s mobilisation in high risk contexts, mainly in Latin America. My approach to research is interdisciplinary, drawing on social movements studies, transitional justice, and gender studies.

My doctoral thesis (Department of Sociology, University of Oxford) —“High Risk Feminism in Colombia: Women’s Mobilisation in High Risk Contexts” — looked at three grassroots organisations of displaced women who mobilise for gender justice in Colombia. It asked: why and how do women mobilise in contexts of high risk and insecurity? This project was an advancement of my MPhil project (Latin American Centre, University of Oxford), which asked similar questions about women’s mobilisation in gang-controlled zones in El Salvador. As part of my career, I have also investigated issues of intersectionality and gender in conflict settings. I have experiences working as a legal intern at the Centre for Reproductive Rights, as an outreach assistant for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), and as a researcher for the Overseas Development Institute. 

I have published in journals including Latin American Perspectives, Gender, Place, and Culture, and Gender and Development. I have further publications in Monkey Cage (The Washington Post), LASA Forum, NACLA Report on the Americas, and justiceinfo.net (Oxford Transitional Justice Research).

Human rights Feminism Gender Rights and justice Social movements Violence security and conflict


Peer Reviewed Articles

Zulver, J. (2019, forthcoming). Mujeres Afrocolombianas por la Paz (AFROMUPAZ): Intersectional High Risk Feminism in Cara y Cuerpo de Mujer. Latin American Perspectives.

Zulver, J. (2017). Building the City of Women: Creating a Site of Feminist Resistance in a Conflict Zone. Gender, Place, and Culture, 24(10): 1498-1516.

Zulver, J. (2016). High Risk Feminism in El Salvador: Women’s Mobilisation in Violent Times. Gender and Development, 24(2): 171-185.


Reports and Public Commentary

Siddiqi, A., Peters, K., and Zulver, J. (May 2019). ‘Doble afectacion’: Living with disasters and conflict in Colombia. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Working Paper.

Zulver, J. (December 2018). Colectiva Matamba: the Afro-Colombian Feminist Collective Mobilising against Structural Racism. NACLA Report on the Americas. [also available in Spanish].

Alba, M., Boesten, J., Idler, A., Masullo, J., Tickner, A., Zulver, J. (2018). Challenges in Colombia’s Changing Security Landscape: Toward a Shared Vision of Peace. LASA Forum 49(3): 75-80.

Zulver, J. (June 2018). Feasible Justice: Has Colombia Over-Promised and Under-Delivered Reparations for its 8.6 Million Victims? Oxford Transitional Justice Research/JusticeInfo.net.

Zulver, J. (2017). Informe Cualitativo de la Situación de Pobreza Multidimensional en República Dominicana. Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).



  • Zulver, J. (11 April 2019). Mujeres Tejiendo Vida en el Sur de Colombia. NACLA.

  • Zulver, J. (3 April 2019). Women Weaving Life in Southern Colombia. NACLA

  • Jiménez, M., and Zulver, J. (25 March 2019). The Venezuelan transition is male dominated. Here is why it is a problem. openDemocracy.

  • Jiménez, M., and Zulver, J. (25 March 2019). La transición venezolana está dominada por los hombres. Por ahora. democraciaAbierta.

  • Zulver, J. (26 February 2019). At Venezuela’s border, women suffer extraordinary levels of violence. Monkey Cage (The Washington Post). Republished in The Lily (The Washington Post).

  • Idler, A., Masullo, J., Zulver, J. (January 2019). Will 2019 see a Peace Process for the ELN Rebels in Colombia? openDemocracy [Spanish version in democraciaAbierta].

  • Zulver, J. (May 2018). Women in Senior Management Roles and Board Representation in Latin America. Oxford Analytica, Daily Brief.

  • Zulver, J. (13 February 2018). Social leader Assassinations Threaten Colombia’s Security. Oxford Analytica, Daily Brief.

  • Zulver, J., and Stallone, K. (Winter 2017). Is “Farc Feminism” for real? Ms. Magazine.

  • Zulver, J., and Stallone, K. (19 June 2017). In pictures: female FARC fighters’ daily lives in a demobilisation camp. openDemocracy.

  • Zulver, J. and Stallone, K. (27 March 2017). The Feminists of FARC: ‘We are not Demobilising, we are Mobilising Politically. The Guardian.

  • Zulver, J. (30 October 2016). Rise in Protests against Gender Violence in Latin America Shines a Light on Impunity and Pervasive Machismo. Oxford Analytica, Daily Brief.

  • Zulver, J. and Davis, M. T. (11 December 2015). Colombia’s City of Women. Al Jazeera Human Rights Feature.

  • Zulver, J. and Selby, J. (10 November 2015). #HerVoice: Ministers and Human Rights Lawyers Join NGOs in Petition Demanding an End to Sexual Violence Against Women in India. The Independent.

  • Zulver, J. and Escoffier, S. (28 December 2014). Ley de Identidad de Género en Chile: Dignidad a las Personas Trans en una Sociedad Discriminadora. El Mostrador (Chile).

  • Zulver, J. (23 October 2014). El Salvador: Crisis of Masculinity in a Machista Society. openDemocracy.

  • Zulver, J. (14 October 2014). Women in Combat: All Fair in Love and War? Al Jazeera

  • Zulver, J. (1 September 2014). Are Reproductive Rights Human Rights? Al Jazeera.

  • Zulver, J. (31 January 2014). El Salvador Elections: Putting Women’s Rights on the Agenda. Al Jazeera.