School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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Professor Tamsin Bradley

  • Qualifications: BA Politics and The Study of Religion (The School of Oriental and African Studies), MA Social Anthropology of Development (The School of Oriental and African Studies), PhD (The School of Oriental and African Studies)
  • Role Title: Professor in International Development Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6143
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am an applied social anthropologist working in international development. I have conducted research exploring the interfaces between gender, religion anddevelopment in India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. My current research focuses on gender-based violence, with specific projects exploring female genital mutilation in Africa and rape and dowry-related harassment in India. I have secured research grants and consultancy contracts from DFID, ESRC, EU and the British Academy.

I am co-director of the Dowry Project a network of academics and practitioners working to eradicate dowry and related violence. I have published a number of books and articles most recently a volume documenting the life stories of Black Minority Ethnic women in the UK, Women Violence and Tradition: Taking FGM and other practices to a Secular State. (2011, London: Zed Press). 


Research Clusters

  • International Development Studies and Security Cluster (Coordinator)
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Discipline Areas

  • Anthropology
  • International Development
  • South Asian Area Studies

Current Research Projects

I am working on a global comparative study of harmful cultural practices including dowry and FGM. The study considers the impact of migration, economic liberalisation and globalisation on the prevalence rates of these practices and the ways in which they are observed. This study forms part of my wider research portfolio on gender-based violence which considers why we are seeing increased rates across the globe with obvious implications for women’s rights.


Research profile

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