Women Researching in Africa

The Impact of Gender

Max Kelly & Ruth Jackson



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.


This book undertakes a valuable, long-overdue exploration of how gender identity shapes research on Africa and on how knowledge is produced, how women experience ‘the field,’ and how their position as researchers shapes what we know about the region. It should spark important conversations among scholars of gender, Africa, and field researchers. - Jeni Klugman


Max Kelly is Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, Australia.

Ruth Jackson is Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, Australia.