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Department of Development Studies

Ms Joanna Hoare

BA (Manchester), MSc (LSE)


Joanna Hoare
Department of Development Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow (2013/14 only)

Ms Joanna Hoare
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Thesis title:
Gender and ‘active citizenship’ in the context of development intervention in Kyrgyzstan
Year of Study:
Entry 2007 (P/T)
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PhD Research

My research project considers the evolution of donor-funded gender-focused development policy and programme in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, since the country became independent in 1991, and how this has shaped what it means to be involved in ‘gender activism’ (activities that in some way promote a positive shift in gender relations) in this context. My findings indicate that while my respondents were committed to and passionate their work and the aim of achieving gender equality, there was often discrepancy between individual aims and motivations, and the rhetoric of the international organisations funding them. This lack of a shared understanding may have significant policy implications in regard to the successful realisation of development programmes promoting gender equality in Kyrgyzstan. The findings are based on qualitative research (in-depth, semi-structured individual and group interviews, and observation of three case study groups), carried out between July 2009 and April 2010 in Bishkek.

PhD Publications

  • Hoare, Joanna, and Damir Barisic (2013 – forthcoming) ‘Too Young to Wed:  Child marriage in South East Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia’, Istanbul:  UNFPA EECARO
  • Hoare, Joanna (2010) ‘”A whole new world”:  using new technologies to develop women’s leadership in Kyrgyzstan’, Gender & Development, vol.18.2, July 2010

PhD Conferences

  • ‘Narratives of exclusion:  observations on a youth-led LGBT rights group in Kyrgyzstan’ at 'Border Crossings: New Directions in the Study of Gender at SOAS’, held at SOAS, University of London, 10-11 May 2013
  • ‘Doing gender activism in a donor-organized framework:  constraints and opportunities in Kyrgyzstan’, at ‘Gender in Central Asia: Contemporary issues in nation-building of former Soviet States’, workshop held at Réseau Asie - Pacifique / Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 4 June 2012.
  • ‘A view from the sidelines:  gender activists respond to the events of 7-8 April 2010’, at ‘Roundtable on Kyrgyzstan: 7 April Uprising and the Aftermath’, held at SOAS, University of London, 22 April 2010.
  • ‘Gender, activism, and civil society in Bishkek’, research presentation, Social Research Center, University of Central Asia, 10 December 2009


Teaching Assistant, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, 2008-9