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Role: Research Associate at IGS

Paula Heinonen


Dr. Paula Heinonen is College Lecturer in Gender Studies, Politics and Anthropology of Development at Hertford College, University of Oxford.;

Research Associate at the Consortium for Street Children (CSC)

She has a B.A. & M.A. in Human Sciences (University of Oxford); D.Phil. in Social Anthropology (Durham); Dipl. in Development Studies (Ruskin).  

Paula has been a tutor and dissertation supervisor for Visiting and other students across the university since 2001. She was Visiting Fellows Program Coordinator, International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall and tutor in Social Anthropology for the Human Sciences and Anthropology and Archaeology degrees course as well as being the coordinator of the Gender Option course. She acted as dissertation supervisor, examiner and occasional lecturer for the M. St. in Women’s Studies degree course of the University of Oxford and D. Phil supervisor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Prior to that she was Senior lecturer in anthropology at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology as well as Head of Research at the Centre for Research and Training for Women (now renamed Gender Studies Centre), University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Research interests

Childhood studies, anthropology of development, feminisms & masculinity studies. She is currently completing a commissioned book on memory and biography. 


Dr. Paula Heinonen teaches anthropology, feminisms, gender and the anthropology of development at Hertford and other Oxford colleges. 

Selected publications