Professor Andrea Cornwall

Andrea Cornwall is Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise) at SOAS, University of London. She was previously Head of School of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies.

With specialist research and practitioner interests in democratising the research process, building equitable partnerships and in the politics and practice of engaged and participatory research, she has published widely on participatory methodologies, participation and accountability, women’s empowerment, sexualities and gender equality in international development.

She has a long-standing interest in bringing insights from international development to bear on UK policy and practice, and began her professional career with the NHS applying international experience to devising and delivering community-based participatory wellbeing assessments aimed at creating better relationships and understanding between those providing and commissioning services and those for whom those services are intended.

She has acted in an advisory capacity to a number of bilateral donors, philanthropic foundations, and UN and international non-governmental organisations, including serving on the Swedish Government’s Expert Group in Development Issues. As Director of the DFID, Norwegian and Swedish government-funded Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Programme Consortium, she led an eight-year programme of research, policy engagement and research communications involving researchers from 12 countries and partnerships with a wide range of civil society and governmental institutions and transnational networks.