Bina Fernandez is Lecturer in Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Previously, she held positions as Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Leeds, Associate Lecturer at the University of Oxford-Brookes, and Tutor at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and the University of Oxford.
Bina completed her PhD and MPhil degrees at the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Social Work (Urban and Rural Community Development) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious UNDP Human Development Fellowship for the Asia Pacific.
Bina has a professional background in the development sector, where she has worked extensively with international NGOs, community organisations and governments in multiple countries. Her professional roles have included project management, as well as research and evaluation consultancies.
Bina’s research focuses on gender and social policies, draws on her professional experience, and aims to be relevant to policy practice. Her recent book Transformative Policy for Poor Women: a new feminist framework (Ashgate, 2012) presents an innovative new feminist framework for the analysis of policy in developing countries, and has been welcomed by reviewers as an important contribution to the analysis of the gap between well-intentioned, gender-sensitive policies and their often inadequate implementation.
Currently, Bina has two research projects under way. The first focuses on the migration of Ethiopian women as domestic workers to countries in the Middle East. Fieldwork for this research was supported by a competitively awarded British Academy Small Grant. The second project is investigating rural poor women’s collective livelihoods initiatives in India, and is supported by an Early C