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Research interests

My area of research is gender and development and I am particularly interested in lived experiences as well as feminist voices embedded in the Global South, especially West Africa, in the context of international development planning and policy conducted across countries and cultures.

My research interests include feminist research on social inequalities and identities; social justice, social transformation and linkages to gendered social norms; transnational and cross-cultural development policy and practice with a focus on the Global South, especially Ghana; co-production of knowledge; and participatory feminist research methods linked to a transnational feminist theoretical lens.

My doctoral research focused on conceptualisations of gender equality and women's empowerment, as part of an international development intervention with a focus on Ghana, West Africa. Foregrounding a social norms lens, I have studied differing understandings of meaningful social transformation and implications thereof for feminist development practitice. To address 'the cross-cultural questions' within international development policy and planning, I argue in my doctoral thesis that we need to reconsider the process and dynamics of knowledge production, in line with feminist claims, reconsidering our engagement with norms and values as part of transformative gender work.

I have drawn on post-colonial (feminist) work in my research and am currently engaging with questions around decolonising the curriculum and decolonising international development.

External positions

UNESCO, UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab

11 Oct 2023 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Gender Research Group
  • SPAIS Gender Research Centre
  • Decoloniality and Race

Keywords

  • social change/transformation
  • gender equality and women's empowerment
  • social Justice
  • African feminist theory
  • Decolonisation
  • Knowledge production
  • international development
  • Policy and practice

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