Politics and International Relations


Dr. Andrea den Boer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on gender and international relations issues, with an emphasis on women’s rights and the effectiveness of the UN human rights system, as well as the causes and consequences of violence against women. She has spent the past fifteen years researching gender selection in Asia, with a focus on practices of female infanticide and sex-selective abortion in India and China. She is the co-author, along with Valerie Hudson, of numerous publications on the effect of the demographic gender imbalance in Asia, including the award winning book Bare Branches: the Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population.

Dr. den Boer is Editor of the journal Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations and a Principal Investigator on the WomanStats Project, an international database and interdisciplinary research project that facilitates investigations of the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states.

Contact Information


Rutherford N4.E8

Academic office hours are available on the Moodle Student Guide

Available for: TV Press Interviews with Dr. den Boer have appeared in print, radio, and TV, including BBC World News [Asia Today]; BBC World Service [Everywoman; The World Today]; BBC 24 Hours; NBC 60 Minutes (USA); South China Morning Post; Voice of America; Radio New Zealand; Austrian Broadcasting Corporation; Australian Broadcasting Corporation; The Times; The New York Times; L’Actualité (Canada); La Presse (Canada); ABC (USA); Toronto Star (Canada); L’Express (France); The Ottawa Citizen (Canada); Le Temps (Switzerland). Expertise: Women’s rights from an international perspective, with current interest in women’s land rights Women’s security and violence against women Fertility and population policies in Asia (particularly China’s One Child Policy). Regional Expertise: Asia Country Expertise: Population and Gender in China and India.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

den Boer, A. and Bode, I. (2018). Gendering Security: Connecting Theory and Practice. Global Society [Online] 32:365-373. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2018.1526780.
den Boer, A. and Hudson, V. (2017). Patrilineality, Son Preference, and Sex Selection in South Korea and Vietnam. Population and Development Review [Online] 43:119-147. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/padr.12041.
den Boer, A. and Hudson, V. (2008). China's Security, China's Demographics: Aging, Masculinization, and Fertility Policy. Brown Journal of World Affairs 14:185-200.
Hudson, V. and den Boer, A. (2007). Bare Branches and Security in Asia. Harvard Asia Pacific Review [Online] 9:18-20. Available at: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hapr/winter07_gov/hudson.pdf.
Hudson, V. and den Boer, A. (2005). Missing Women and Bare Branches: Gender Balance and Conflict. Environmental Change and Security Program Report [Online]:20-24. Available at: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/topics/pubs/Hudson&denBoer.pdf.
den Boer, A. and Hudson, V. (2004). The Security Threat of Asia's Sex Ratios. SAIS Review [Online] 24:27-43. Available at: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/sais_review/.
Book section
Hudson, V. and den Boer, A. (2012). A Feminist Evolutionary Analysis of the Relationship Between Violence Against and Inequitable Treatment of Women, and Conflict Within and Between Human Collectives, Including Nation-States. In: The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 301-323. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199738403.013.0018.
den Boer, A. (2010). Emmanuel Levinas, Ethics and Rupturing the Political. In: International Relations Theory and Philosophy: Interpretive Dialogues. Routledge, pp. 60-71.
den Boer, A. and Hudson, V. (2006). Sex-selective Infanticide and the "Missing Females" in China and India. In: Bechtold, B. and Cooper Graves, D. eds. Killing Infants: Studies in the Worldwide Practice of Infanticide. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 337-371. Available at: http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=6715&pc=9.
den Boer, A. (2003). Messianic Moments and the Religious (Re)turn in International Relations. In: Mandaville, P. and Williams, A. eds. Meaning and International Relations. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group Ltd, pp. 139-152. Available at: http://search.tandf.co.uk/bookscatalogue.asp?URL=https://ecommerce.tandf.co.uk/catalogue/DirectLink.asp?ResourceCentre=SEARCH&ContinentSelected=0&CountrySelected=0&USSelected=0&ChangeCountry=0&search_text=041525812X&SearchGroup=ISBN&results_order=ByTitle&.
Hudson, V. and den Boer, A. (2004). Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population. [Online]. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press. Available at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=9963.
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Research Interests

Research Interests

  • International Women's Rights
  • Violence Against Women
  • Gender and Population Policies in Asia
  • Ethical/Normative International Political Theory

Current Projects

Dr. den Boer’s research centres on themes of women’s rights, the effectiveness of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and women’s physical security.  She is currently researching the relationship between women’s rights and women’s physical security, and the implications that these have for the development and security of the state.

Within this broad research agenda, Dr. den Boer is exploring the relationship between women’s land rights and violence against women. Drawing on the seminal work of Bina Agarwal in Asian states, Dr. den Boer is testing the effect that women’s land rights have on women’s physical security in a cross-national study. She is further examining the extreme gender imbalances in populations such as China and India and the effect that the dearth of women in these states has on societal stability, security, and the prospects for peace and democratisation.

Dr. den Boer is one of the Principal Investigators of the WomanStats Project, an international database investigating the relationship between the situation of women and the security of states. The Database contains more than 300 indicators of women’s security/women’s status in 174 countries. Dr. den Boer is currently working on a research project with other WomanStats colleagues that examines the effect of polygyny on women’s empowerment and security.

Research Supervision

Dr. den Boer is interested in supervising projects related to gender and international relations with a particular interest in projects that focus on international women’s rights or women’s security.

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