Women Researching in Africa

The Impact of Gender

  • Ruth Jackson
  • Max Kelly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Ruth Jackson, Max Kelly
    Pages 1-24
  3. Gender and Identity as a Female Researcher in Africa

  4. Relationships with ‘Others’ as a Female Researcher in Africa

  5. Methodological Challenges for Female Researchers in Africa

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 313-317

About this book


This edited collection explores the lives, consequences and motivations of female researchers in Africa, giving unprecedented insights into how their gender—and sometimes their ethnicity and age—impacted on their research experiences, and how doing research in Africa affected them as women. Each contributor considers her place or position in the research process and provides a vivid portrait of that experience. Drawing on research findings from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi, Uganda and other African countries, the book looks at gender and identity as a female researcher in Africa; relationships with 'others'; and unique methodological challenges for female researchers in Africa. With refreshing candour, each chapter challenges other researchers in Africa (both women and men), to integrate critical reflections of gender and diverse gendered field experiences into their work.

Women Researching in Africa will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including development studies, anthropology, geography, gender studies and international studies.


Research methods methodology ethics Ethiopia Ghana feminism

Editors and affiliations

  • Ruth Jackson
    • 1
  • Max Kelly
    • 2
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  2. 2.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

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