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Professor Andrea Cornwall

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 Andrea Cornwall
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Research and Enterprise at SOAS

Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise)

Professor Andrea Cornwall
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Andrea Cornwall is Pro-Director Research & Enterprise at SOAS and Professor of Global Development and Anthropology. She is a political anthropologist who specialises in the study of democratic innovation, citizen engagement, participatory research, gender justice and sexual rights. Her research focuses on power, inclusion and rights, and includes work with domestic and sex worker rights movements in Brazil and India, reproductive and sexual health in Zimbabwe and Nigeria, citizen participation and accountability in health policy and governance in the UK, Nigeria and Brazil, and on contestations over gender, empowerment and rights in international policy arenas.



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Authored Books

Cornwall, Andrea (2008) Democratising engagement : what the UK can learn from international experience. London: Demos.

Cornwall, Andrea (2002) Beneficiary consumer citizen: perspectives on participation for poverty reduction. Stockholm: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.


Cornwall, Andrea (2018) 'Beyond “Empowerment Lite”: Women’s Empowerment, Neoliberal Development and Global Justice.'. Cad. Pagu, (52), pp 185202.

Cornwall, Andrea and Aghajanian, Alia (2017) 'How to find out what's really going on: understanding impact through participatory process evaluation'. World Development, (99), pp 173-185.

Cornwall, Andrea (2016) 'Women's empowerment: what works'. Journal of International Development, (28) 3, pp 342-359.

Cornwall, Andrea and Rivas, Althea-Maria (2015) 'From “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” to Global Justice: Reclaiming a Transformative Agenda for Gender and Development'. Third World Quarterly, (36) 2, pp 396-415.

Cornwall, Andrea (2013) 'Cultures of Politics, Spaces of Power: Contextualizing Brazilian Experiences of Participation'. Journal of Power, (6) 2, pp 309-333.

Cornwall, Andrea and Capibaribe, Fernanda and Gonçalves, Terezinha (2010) 'Revealed cities: A photovoice project with domestic workers in Salvador, Brazil'. Development, (53) 2, pp 299-300.

Cornwall, Andrea and Anyidoho, Nana Akua (2010) 'Introduction: Women's empowerment: Contentions and contestations'. Development, (53) 2, pp 144-149.

Cornwall, Andrea and Edwards, Jenny (2010) 'Introduction: Negotiating Empowerment'. IDS Bulletin, (41) 2, pp 1-9.

Cornwall, Andrea and Shankland, Alex (2010) 'Taking a seat on Brazil's health councils'. openDemocracy.

Cornwall, Andrea and Pratt, Garett (2010) 'The use and abuse of participatory rural appraisal: reflections from practice'. Agriculture and Human Values, (28) 2, pp 263-272.

Cornwall, Andrea and Jolly, Susan (2009) 'Sexuality and the development industry'. Development, (52) 1, pp Pages 5-12.

Cornwall, Andrea (2008) 'Deliberating Democracy: Scenes from a Brazilian Municipal Health Council'. Politics & Society, (36) 4, pp 508-531.

Cornwall, Andrea and Gideon, Jasmine and Wilson, Kalpana (2008) 'Introduction: Reclaiming feminism: Gender and neoliberalism'. IDS Bulletin, (39) 6, pp Pages 1-9.

Robins, Steven and Cornwall, Andrea and von Lieres, Bettina (2008) 'Rethinking 'citizenship' in the postcolony'. Third World Quarterly, (29) 6, pp 1069-1086.

Cornwall, Andrea and Standing, Hilary and Lynch, Andrea (2008) 'Introduction: Putting unsafe abortion on the development agenda'. IDS Bulletin, (39) 3, pp 1-9.

Cornwall, Andrea and Shankland, Alex (2008) 'Engaging citizens: lessons from building Brazil's national health system'. Social Science and Medicine, (66) 10, pp 2173-2184.

Cornwall, Andrea (2008) 'Unpacking 'Participation': models, meanings and practices'. Community Development Journal, (43) 3, pp 269-283.

Cornwall, Andrea (2007) 'Taking chances, making choices: the tactical dimensions of 'Reproductive Strategies' in Southwestern Nigeria'. Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, (26) 3, pp 229-254.

Cornwall, Andrea (2007) 'Of choice, chance and contingency: ‘Career strategies’ and tactics for survival among Yoruba women traders'. Social Anthropology, (15) 1, pp 27-46.

Cornwall, Andrea and Harrison, Elizabeth and Whitehead, Ann (2007) 'Gender myths and feminist fables: the struggle for interpretive power in gender and development'. Development and Change, (38) 1, pp 1-20.

Cornwall, Andrea (2006) 'Historical perspectives on participation in development'. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, (44) 1, pp 62-83.

Cornwall, Andrea and Goetz, Anne-Marie (2005) 'Democratizing Democracy: Feminist Perspectives'. Democratization, (12) 5, pp 783-800.

Cornwall, Andrea and Brock, Karen (2005) 'What do buzzwords do for development policy: a critical look at "participation", "poverty reduction" and "empowerment"'. Third World Quarterly, (26) 7, pp 1043-1060.

Cornwall, Andrea and Harrison, Elizabeth and Whitehead, Ann (2004) 'Introduction: repositioning feminisms in gender and development'. IDS Bulletin, (35) 4, pp 1-10.

Cornwall, Andrea (2003) 'Whose voices? Whose choices? Reflections on gender and participatory development'. World Development, (31) 8, pp 1325-1342.

Cornwall, Andrea (2002) 'Spending power: love, money and the reconfiguration of gender relations in Ado-Odo, Southwestern Nigeria'. American Ethnologist, (29) 4, pp 963-980.

Cornwall, Andrea (2000) 'Missing men? Reflections on men masculinities and gender in GAD'. IDS Bulletin, (31) 2, pp 18-27.

Cornwall, Andrea (1997) 'Men masculinity and 'gender in development''. Gender and Development, (5) 2, pp 8- 13.

Edited Books or Journals

Morris, Charlotte and Boyce, Paul and Cornwall, Andrea and Frith, Hannah and Harvey, Laura and Huang, Yingying, (eds.), (2018) Researching sex and sexualities. London: Zed Books.

Cornwall, Andrea and Scoones, Ian, (eds.), (2011) Revolutionizing Development: Reflections on the Work of Robert Chambers. London: Routledge.

Cornwall, Andrea, (ed.), (2011) The Participation Reader. London: Zed Books.

Cornwall, Andrea and EdstroĢˆm, J and Greig, A, (eds.), (2011) Men and Development: Politicizing Masculinities. London: Zed Books.

Cornwall, Andrea and Eade, Deborah, (eds.), (2010) Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords. Rugby, Warwickshire: Practical Action Publishing.

Cornwall, Andrea and Correa, Sonia and Jolly, Susan, (eds.), (2008) Development with a body: sexuality, human rights and development. London: Zed Books.

Cornwall, Andrea and Harrison, Elizabeth and Whitehead, Ann, (eds.), (2007) Feminisms in development: contradictions, contestations and challenges. London: Zed Books.

Cornwall, Andrea and Harrison, Elizabeth and Whitehead, Ann, (eds.), (2007) Gender Myths and Feminist Fables: The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development. Malden, MA: Wiley & Son. (Development and change book series).

Cornwall, Andrea and Whitehead, Ann and Harrison, Elizabeth, (eds.), (2007) Repositioning gender in development: gender myths and feminist fables. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (Development and Change).

Cornwall, Andrea and Molyneux, Maxine, (eds.), (2007) The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis. London: Routledge.

Cornwall, Andrea, (ed.), (2004) Readings in Gender in Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Book Chapters

Cornwall, Andrea (2017) 'The Making and Unmaking of a New Democratic Space'. In: Alvarez, Sonia E. and Rubin, Jeffrey W. and Thayer, Millie and Baiocchi, Gianpaolo and Laó-Montes, Agustín, (eds.), Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America. Durham; London: Duke University Press, pp 63-80.

Cornwall, Andrea (2012) 'Transforming Bodies: The Embodiment of Sexual and Gender Difference'. In: Fardon, Richard, (ed.), The SAGE handbook of social anthropology. Los Angeles: SAGE/Association of Social Anthropologists, pp 378-387.

Cornwall, Andrea (2003) 'To be a man is more than a day's work: Shifting ideals of manliness in Ado-Odo, S W Nigeria'. In: Lindsay, Lisa A and Miescher, Stephan F, (eds.), Men and Masculinities in Modern Africa. Princeton, USA: Heinemann, pp 230-248.

Cornwall, Andrea (2001) 'Wayward women and useless men: contest and change in gender relations in Ado-Odo'. In: Hodgson, Dorothy L and McCurdy, Sheryl A, (eds.), Wicked Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.

Cornwall, Andrea (1998) 'Gender participation and the politics of difference'. In: Guijt, Irene and Kaul Shah, Meera, (eds.), The Myth of Community: Gender Issues in Participatory Development. London: Intermediate Technology Publications, pp 46-57.

Monographs and Working Papers

Kabeer, Naila and Eyben, R. and Cornwall, Andrea (2008) Conceptualising Empowerment and the Implications for Pro-Poor Growth. OECD-DAC Poverty Network.


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