Bina Fernandez is Senior 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.
Bina was an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow between 2015-2017. Previous to this, her externally funded research awards included a British Academy Small Grant in 2010 and the UNDP Human Development Fellowship for the Asia Pacific in 2005.
Bina has a professional background of over a decade 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, migration and social policy, draws on her professional experience, and aims to be relevant to policy practice. Her recent ARC DECRA project titled 'Reason to Care: making the care needs of migrants visible to social policy' analyses the care needs of Ethiopian migrants and refugees in Australia, Kenya and Lebanon. This project evolved from previous research she initiated on Ethiopian migrant domestic workers in the Middle East (with the support of a British Academy Small Grant).
She is keenly interested in feminist interventions in the state and policy processes, and her monograph Transformative Policy for Poor Women: a new feminist framework
(Ashgate, 2012) present