Conference Guest Speakers

UoN Research Week, 2018

Annual Conference on the Status of African Women

Theme: “African Women’s Journey Towards Gender Equality & Social Cultural Transformation”

(23rd to 25 October)


Guest Speakers

Dr. Heather Flowe, University of Birmingham

Dr. Heather Flowe holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology, from the University of California, San Diego. She currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, in the School of Psychology, United Kingdom, where she conducts research and teaches primarily on the Forensic Psychology Doctorate programme in the Centre for Applied Psychology.

She is a Co-Director (Victims & Vulnerability) of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing, and Impact Lead for the School of Psychology; she is the Associate Editor for Applied Cognitive Psychology, a member of the Editorial Board for Psychology Public Policy and Law, and Consulting Editor for Cognitive Research in the Public Interest.

In addition she is a member of the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund Peer Review group and also reviews proposals from the British Academy, the ESRC, the Canadian Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Irish Research Council, among others.


Stella Maranga

Stella Kerubo Maranga holds a Master Degree in Development Studies (Women in Development) from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands. She is currently writing her PhD thesis titled Women’s political participation in Kenya (2007-2013) at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

She has extensive experience in matters relating to women and gender issues and currently works for the Africa Union Commission, A.U. Mission in Somalia – Mogadishu as a Gender Officer.




Prof. Paula Mahlck

Paula Mählck completed her PhD dissertation on Gender in Higher education at the department of Sociology, Umeå University, Sweden in 2003.  The title of the dissertation is “Mapping Gender in academic workplaces: Ways of reproducing gender inequality within the discourse of equality”. Since then she has expanded her research to also studying multidimensional patterns of exclusion/ discrimination and processes of resistance in higher education and in research policy. 

She has been a guest researcher at the African Gender Institute (AGI), University of Cape Town, South Africa  and the Bob Hawke research institute, University of South Australia, Australia. She is currently working as a researcher at the department of Sociology and Social work, University of Gävle, Sweden.  She is a researcher advisor to the Bob Hake Institute for research into Educational Change, Glasgow University, Scotland and affiliated researcher to the Remeso Institute, Linkoping University, Sweden.  She has been involved in several international and comparative research projects on globalisation of work relations in academia and in other workplaces, transnational academic mobility and inequality in academic recruitment from the perspective of gender and race. 


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