Gender Study Group
The Gender Study Group of the DSA Ireland is a multidisciplinary initiative that aims to provide a forum for researchers, academics and NGOs with an interest in the relationship between gender and development.
Gender inequality has been clearly identified as a barrier to achieving healthy, thriving, democratic societies. Lack of voice and disempowerment limit women’s and girl’s access to education, health care, decision-making structures and decent work, while concepts of masculinity that associate men with aggression, risk-taking and dominance expose men to physical and mental health vulnerabilities and exacerbate inequalities between men and women. Building knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of gender at the intersection of various aspects of development work, including governance and security, gender based violence, HIV, economic empowerment, human rights, and more, is essential.
The Gender Study Group will act as a focal point for discussion, research collaboration, study schools and meetings, dissemination of research and conference panel preparation. The group aims to bring experienced researchers and practitioners into dialogue with those in their early-career to foster dialogue and information sharing.
The Gender Study Group is co-convened by Dr Nita Mishra and Dr Nasrin Khandoker. If you have an idea you wish to share, or are interested in joining the Study Group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dr Nasrin Khandoker
Dr Nasrin Khandoker is a Post-doc fellow in the GBV-MIG project at NUIG, a seven-country study on migration and gender-based violence funded by EU Gender Net Plus and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University (currently on leave). In addition to a Master’s degree from the Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, she was awarded a MA in Gender Studies from Central European University, Hungary, in 2014. She received a Wenner-Gren Wadsworth fellowship from US and John and Pat Hume scholarship from Maynooth University for her PhD, awarded in 2021. She has written articles for academic and public readers about feminisms, gender and sexuality, and human rights. Her research interests are gender and sexuality, sexual subaltern, emotion and affect, embodiment, de/post-colonial critiques, nationalism, identity politics, intersectionality and subjectivities.
Dr Nita Mishra (DSAI Chair) University College Cork
Dr Nita Mishra is a reflective development researcher, practitioner, and occasional lecturer on International Development. Her research focuses on human rights-based approaches to development, feminist methodologies, gender, non-government organisations, environment, and peace studies.
Nita has worked extensively at grassroots level with civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, and funding bodies in India. She has worked on innumerable research projects housed in organisations including the National Council of Applied Economic Research (Gender and Tobacco), Nehru Memorial Museum Library (Muslim Womens’ Lives), Self Employed Women’s Association and the International Labour Organisation (Women Bidi Workers) in India. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Economic & Political Weekly, European Journal of Development Research, and Policy & Practice. In 2014, Nita received the Strategic Research Fund Award from the Vice President's Office, UCC for crosscutting research in the politics of Poverty, Human Rights, Environment and Sustainable Development. She is currently engaged as a Researcher on a Coalesce project focusing on social inclusion of rural to urban migrants in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Nita's poetry has been critically acclaimed as the future of Irish feminism. Currently, Nita sits on the Board of Directors of Children’s Rights Alliance, is national coordinator of Academics Stand Against Poverty-Irish Network and is an active member of several Irish community-based organisations.
Chair of DSAI Steering Committee, Dr Nita Mishra also co-convenes the DSAI Gender Study Group.