Bina Fernandez is a Lecturer in Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences. She completed her PhD and MPhil degrees in Development Studies 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. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious UNDP Human Development Fellowship for the Asia Pacific.
Bina’s research focuses broadly on gender and social policies, draws on her professional experience, and aims to be relevant to policy practice. Her recent book Transformative Policy for Poor Women: a new feminist framework (Ashgate, 2012) presents an innovative new feminist framework for the analysis of policy in developing countries, and has been welcomed by reviewers as an important contribution to the analysis of the gap between well-intentioned, gender-sensitive policies and their implementation.
Bina also has a professional background in the development sector, where she worked extensively with international NGOs, aid agencies, community organisations and governments in multiple countries. Her professional roles have included project management, as well as research and evaluation consultancies.