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Department of Development Studies

Dr Colette Harris

PhD (Amsterdam, NL)


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Department of Development Studies

Reader in Gender and Development

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

Centre for Gender Studies


Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Dr Colette Harris
Email address:
020 7898 4488
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Wednesday 11-1 (Term 1); Term 2 by appointment


I am a micro-political scientist all of whose research is reflected through a gender analytical lens, with a particular focus on the relational aspects of masculinities and femininities. I specialise in grass-roots pedagogies for social change, particularly in relation to violence reduction during and after conflict situations. Further interests are in the fields of gender and religion, sexualities, (reproductive) health, and community development. I have worked in all three continents of the global south but my main areas of expertise are Central Asia, and East and West Africa. Before joining SOAS, I was in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, and a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies.


My research interests centre on gender and micro-political power. This includes exploring the relationship between masculinities, femininities, and violence, and between gender and religion.  I also put into practice and research the workings and impact of post-Freirean, community-based pedagogies, particularly focused through participatory gender analysis with a further specialism in public health education. I have further been working on developing empowering ways of imparting agricultural technologies to farmers in the global south, to date mainly in Ecuador.  Much of my earlier work was carried out in Tajikistan but recently I have been mainly involved in Uganda and Nigeria.


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Central Asia
  • South America
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Ecuador
  • Nigeria
  • Tajikistan
  • Uganda


Authored Books

Harris, Colette (2006) Muslim Youth Tensions and Transitions in Tajikistan Westview Case Studies in Anthropology. Boulder, CO.: Westview Press.

Harris, Colette (2004) Control and Subversion: Gender Relations in Tajikistan. London: Pluto Press. (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

Book Chapters

Harris, Colette (2014) 'The use of participatory gender analysis for violence reduction in (post-)conflict settings: a study of a community education project in northern Uganda.' In: Texler Segal, Marcia and Demos, Vasilikie, (eds.), Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence: Part B. Emerald, pp. 145-170. (Advances in Gender Research, 18B)

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