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Department of Development Studies

Dr Colette Harris

PhD (Amsterdam, NL)

Overview

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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

Member

Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Name:
Dr Colette Harris
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4488
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
291
Office Hours:
tbc

Biography

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.

Research

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
  • Africa
  • Central Asia
  • South America
Country Expertise
  • Ecuador
  • Nigeria
  • Tajikistan
  • Uganda
Languages

Publications