Andrea Cornwall

Honorary Associate

Professor Andrea Cornwall is a social anthropologist specialising in the anthropology of participation and democracy, masculinities, women’s empowerment and women’s rights, and sexualities.

Andrea Cornwall is no longer a member of staff at IDS, however, she is an Honorary Associate and the Director of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment programme, which is hosted by the Participation Cluster at IDS.  

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Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Programme Consortium

Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes.


Journal Article

Towards a Pedagogy for the Powerful

IDS Bulletin 47.5

Development organisations have learnt to talk the talk on ‘gender’. But in many if not most organisations male privilege and patriarchal attitudes and behaviour persist. This article explores techniques that can be used to make visible some of the dynamics of gendered power in...

18 November 2016

Journal Article

Beijing+20: Where Now for Gender Equality?


The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), celebrated by feminist activists as a triumph for women's rights, is 20 years old. The world that it once described has changed profoundly in some respects, and yet in others remains surprisingly similar. This IDS Bulletin reflects on those...

27 July 2015

Andrea Cornwall’s recent work