Prof Hazel Barrett

Hazel BarrettProfessor Hazel Barrett is chair in development geography at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University. Hazel is a social scientist who has been undertaking research into the reality of gender and development in sub-Saharan Africa for over 30 years. Her main areas of research are the socio-economic aspects of human development and how these impact on children and women, in particular their livelihood opportunities, education as well as health and well-being.

Hazel has led national and international research projects funded by UK government, UK research councils, UK foundations and the European Union Daphne Fund. She has published books, chapters and over 50 refereed articles relating to gender, health and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, New York Times, London Evening Standard, the Huffington Post, BBC, ITV and Sky TV as well as UK, US and Singapore radio. She has presented her research at the Houses of Parliament, the EU Parliament and at the Girl Summit 2014. In 2015 she was named as ‘One of 1000 Most Influential Londoners’ for her research on female genital mutilation. She is a specialist on participatory and community-based action research methods which empower research participants and enables their narratives and views be heard.

My research is motivated by a passion for social justice which I can trace back to my humble roots and my time undertaking research in The Gambia as a PhD student. I want my research to make a difference to people’s lives, either directly or by influencing policy.