President, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
Dzodzi Tsikata is a Research Professor of Development Sociology and Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at the University of Ghana since August 2016. Before this, she was based at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) during which time she was Deputy Director and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) at the University of Ghana. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Leiden University in the Netherlands. In a career spanning over 25 years, Tsikata’s research has covered the areas of gender and development policies and practices; women’s movements and gender equality activism; the politics and livelihood effects of land tenure reforms, large scale land acquisitions, and agricultural commercialisation; and informal labour relations and conditions of work. She is widely published on these subjects. Her most recent publications include a co-guest edited (with Cheryl Doss and Gale Summerfield) special issue of Feminist Economics on Land, Gender and Food Security (2014); an edited book (with Cheryl Rodriguez and Akosua Adomako Ampofo), Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora, published by Lexington Books (2015); and an edited book (with Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones), Africa’s Land Rush: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change, published by Boydell and Brewer Ltd (2015). Dzodzi teaches an advanced gender and women’s study course in the PhD Development Studies Programme at ISSER. Dzodzi is on the editorial advisory board of Journal of Peasant Studies and the Canadian Journal of Development Studies and is a member of the editorial collective of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy and an Associate editor of Feminist Economics. She is a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy and until recently was a Commissioner of Ghana’s National Development Planning Commission. Dzodzi Tsikata also serves on the Boards of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), Third World Network Africa, the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT), the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS), and the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).