Professor Hazel Barrett

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 and Law since 2010. She is President of the Geographical Association (2013-14).

  • REPLACE1: Researching FGM intervention programmes linked to African communities in the EU: EC Dapne III funded, 2010-2011 (12 months) £151,000. This one year pilot study used community-based participatory research methods to understand the barriers to ending FGM amongst Somali and Sudanese communities in the UK and Netherlands. The study used a health behavioural change approach to develop  a new REPLACE framework for communities to use to work towards ending FGM.
  • COMBAT: Combining against trafficking: EC Daphne III funded, 2010-2011 (24 months) £20,000. This two year project aimed to raise awareness of the trafficking of children and young women in Bulgaria, Lithuania and UK. The project involved developing training and awareness raising materials ande delivering them to front line professionals, non front line professionals and young people perceived to be vulnerable to or at risk of trafficking.
  • Jamaica PRIDE: promoting rural integrated development and enterprise: a participatory business model for organic agro-tourism. EU Banana Support Programme, 2008-2009  (12 months) £217,000. A study of alternative sources of livelihood income for a rural community previously dependent on banana as a cash crop.
  • Social and environmental disturbance: impacts on fertility and poverty in Africa. ESRC funded, 1994-1997 (36 months). £78,000. Research examined the disturbances of rural out-migration, high morbidity associated with HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as environmental degradation including drought in Zambia. This was found to be linked to increasing birth rates and rising level of rural poverty.
  • The prospects for horticulture exports under trade liberalisation in adjusting African countries. Overseas Development Administration (ODA) funded, 1994-97 (24months) £66,000. A study of high value horticultural exports from Kanya and The Gambia to UK supermarkets.
  • Organic farming in sub-Saharan Africa: prospects and implications for policy. Overseas Development Administration (ODA) 1995-7 (24 months) £82,000. A study of the barriers and policy implications to organic agriculture in Ghana and Kenya.
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