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Professor of International Development Studies, University of Portsmouth

I am an applied social anthropologist working in international development. I have researched issues connected with violence against women and girls in South Asia and Africa for seventeen years. Current projects include female genital mutilation in Sudan; dowry and related harassment and rape in India; violence against women and resilience in South Sudan, women, violence and displacement in Nepal and Myanmar; and also the links between women, work and violence in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

My research is funded by UK Aid and the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. I have published a number of books and articles. My next monograph 'Global Perspectives on Violence against Women and Girls' will be published later this year by Zed Press.


  • –present
    Professor in International Development Studies, University of Portsmouth