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Biography

Hazel is a human geographer who undertook her degree at the University of Sussex in the School of African and Asian Studies. She then moved to the University of Birmingham to undertake her MA and PhD in West African Studies. Her main areas of research are the socioeconomic aspects of development, in particular gender, health and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last decade her research has been directed at the social and economic aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and The Gambia as well as amongst migrant groups in the UK.

More recently her research has focussed on the traditional harmful practice of FGM in Africa and amongst the African diaspora in the EU. She is an internationally recognised expert on FGM. She is a specialist on participatory action methods and community-based participatory research and has published a number of referred papers on this methodology.

She has published books and chapters on health and development issues and has over 40 referred articles to her name. In 1998 she was promoted to Reader in Development Geography and in 2006 she was conferred a Chair in Development Geography. She has been Associate Dean for Applied Research in the Faculty of Business, Environment and Society since 2010. She is President of the Geographical Association (2013-14).

Vision Statement:

In the early 1980s I spent fourteen months lodging with local families in The Gambia when I undertook the research for my PhD. In the process of researching food production and its marketing, it became very clear to me that whilst African women were the main producers of foodstuffs for their families and communities and the main traders in local markets, they suffered poor health and had low levels of education. In fact they were the neglected dimension of development at that time. It was the empathy I had with these hard-working women that inspired me to focus my research on the issues that directly affected women’s livelihoods and in particular their access to human development. Whilst the issue of the role of women in development and their access to the capital assets necessary for development are now high on the political agenda they still have lower levels of education than men and suffer the most serious consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa. Whilst they suffer inequity in the development process I will continue to undertake research to give them a voice.

Research Interests

FGM; community based-research in African Diaspora EU.HIV/AIDS; Development Geography; Participatory Research Methods; Gender, Human development and Health issues in Africa; Marketing, Agricultural Systems and Rural Development in Africa

Vision Statement

In the early 1980s I spent fourteen months lodging with local families in The Gambia when I undertook the research for my PhD. In the process of researching food production and its marketing, it became very clear to me that whilst African women were the main producers of foodstuffs for their families and communities and the main traders in local markets, they suffered poor health and had low levels of education. In fact they were the neglected dimension of development at that time. It was the empathy I had with these hard-working women that inspired me to focus my research on the issues that directly affected women’s livelihoods and in particular their access to human development. Whilst the issue of the role of women in development and their access to the capital assets necessary for development are now high on the political agenda they still have lower levels of education than men and suffer the most serious consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa. Whilst they suffer inequity in the development process I will continue to undertake research to give them a voice.

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EU Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
acquired immune deficiency syndrome Earth & Environmental Sciences
human immunodeficiency virus Earth & Environmental Sciences
AIDS Social Sciences
common property Social Sciences
common property resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
certification Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2018

Persistence and Resistance of Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) Perpetuated against Girls in Africa and Asia.

Glover, J., Liebling, H., Goodman, S. & Barrett, H., 28 Feb 2018, In : Journal of International Women's Studies. 19, 2, p. 44-64 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
persistence
social rights
health consequences
patriarchy
health risk
1 Citation (Scopus)
913 Downloads (Pure)

The psychological and social impact of female genital mutilation: A holistic conceptual framework

Glover, J., Liebling, H., Barrett, H. & Goodman, S., 2017, In : Journal of International Studies. 10, 2, p. 219-238 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
social effects
resilience
menstruation
lack
grounded theory
3 Citations (Scopus)
27 Downloads (Pure)

Belief Systems Enforcing Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

Alhassan, Y., Barrett, H., Brown, K. E. & Kwah, K., 2016, In : Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care. 9, 1, p. 29-40

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Female Circumcision
migrant
community
EU
Research

The REPLACE Approach: supporting Communities to end FGM in the EU. A Toolkit

Barrett, H. R., Brown, K., Alhassan, Y. & Beecham, D., 2015, Coventry: Coventry University.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
File
EU
community
Guinea-Bissau
social norm
Gambia

The REPLACE Approach: supporting Communities to end FGM in the EU. Community Handbook

Barrett, H. R., Brown, K., Alhassan, Y. & Beecham, D., 2015, Coventry: Coventry University.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
File
EU
community
grant
leader

Activities 1987 2014

  • 134 Participation in conference
  • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Editorial activity

Prevention or Prosecution? The Behaviour Change Approach to Tackling FGM in the EU

Hazel Barrett (Organiser)
11 Apr 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Oil Politics in Africa

Hazel Barrett (Chair)
16 Nov 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

EU Conference on Women in Africa

Hazel Barrett (Organiser)
25 May 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

EU Conference on Women in Africa

Hazel Barrett (Speaker)
25 May 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

BSA Medsoc

Hazel Barrett (Speaker)
9 Nov 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference