Irene Tinker Collection, 1936-2004
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Brief Description: The materials collected by Irene Tinker, a professor and researcher on world development and the impact of development on women and men, includes correspondence with individuals and corporations;  programs, plans and reports on development topics; governmental and organizational reports and research on development topics; working papers;  curriculum guides and modules, manuals, plans, and  lessons on development education; journals, newsletters, magazines, newspapers related to development and women studies; novels on development and women's issues;  correspondents and reports from the Street Foods project; conference papers and reports related to development and women studies topics; background materials on Irene Tinker; her own publications and manuscripts; United Nations documents; and an author/article index. Significant topics include: women-status and culture; development; women in development; rural development; youth and children; education; mass media and communications; aging and the elderly; peace and violence; health and nutrition; food and agriculture; the Street Foods Project; labor, employment and work; urban life; population; refugees and migration; energy and environment; the future of development and women studies.  Significant correspondents include: Agency for International Development (AID), Association of Women in Development (AWID), Comission on the Status of Women, Equity Policy Research Center (EPOC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Michigan State University- Office of International Development, Overseas Development Council, Overseas Education Fund, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), United States Council for INSTRAW, UNICEF, UNIFEM, and Women in Development (WID).
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 35/3/66
Created by: Tinker, Irene (1927-), University of California at Berkeley. International Center for Research on Women
Volume: 93.0 cubic feet
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Arrangement: Arranged topically.
Biographical Note for Tinker, Irene (1927-) :

Irene Tinker is a professor emeritus from the University of California-Berkeley.  She received her bachelors degree from Radcliffe College in political philosophy and comparative government and her PhD. from London School of Economics and Political Science in comparative government and development.  She also performed action-research for several non-profit organizations including the Equity Policy Research Center, ACTION, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Her research area is world development and the different impact development has on women and men.  Tinker worked with several different scholars during the 15 year-long Street Foods project, which studied ways to improve the quality and safety of street foods provided by venders in seven cities in developing countries.  She also did a comparative study of non-governmental organizations and used a Pacific Rim grant to organize a network of U.S. scholars to work with women scholars in China, Laos, and Vietnam. 

Selected honors:

Distinguished Service Award, Wellesley Center for Research on Women (May 1995).

Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, Italy (March-April 1994).

Outstanding Leadership in Women in Development, Association for Women in Development, 1989.

Fulbright Regional Award to Nepal and Sri Lanka (1987-1989).

Distinguished Service to Rural Life, Rural Sociological Society (1985).

Recent Publications:

Street Foods: Urban Food and Employment in Developing Countries.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Engendering Wealth and Well-Being, ed. Rae Blumberg, Cathy Rakowski and Michal Monteon.  Chapter: "Beyond Economics: Sheltering the Whole Woman." Westview, 1995.

Persistent Inequalities: Women and World Development, editor and author of two chapters, Oxford University Press, 1990.

"Microentrepreneurs and Homeworkers: Convergent Categories," with Lisa Prugl, World Development v.25, n.9 (1997).

"Women, Donors, and Community Forestry in Nepal: Expectations and Realities," Society and National Resources v.7, n. 4 (1994).

Subject Index
Agency for International Development
Foods and Nutrition
International Development
Rural Development
United Nations
Women's Organizations
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
German [ger]
Indonesian [ind]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
Vietnamese [vie]