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Professor Hazel Barrett - University Alliance. Coventry, , GB

Professor Hazel Barrett Professor Hazel Barrett

Professor in Development Geography | University Alliance


Professor Hazel Barrett is a leading researcher and campaigner on the issuer of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Areas of Expertise (5)

Human Rights


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Africa

Social Justice

Multimedia Appearances


Professor Hazel Barrett Publication Professor Hazel Barrett Publication




REPLACE: Professor Hazel Barrett on the community based project to end FGM in the EU Professor Hazel Barrett




Professor Hazel Barrett is a Professor in Development Geography in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Justice at Coventry University. She is a leading researcher and campaigner on the issuer of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and her work has been recognised internationally by the Global Peace Foundation and the London Evening Standard’s listing as a top global influencer. Hazel’s research has covered various aspects of social justice and human rights related to issues of gender-based mutilation, violence and torture (across parts of western African and among the African population living across Europe). She has also examined the supply chain of fresh food and flowers from Africa into the UK’s supermarkets.

Hazel has a Masters degree and a PhD in Western Africa Studies. She has lived in The Gambia for her studies. Her more recent research covers water sanitisation and hygiene in the Darfur region of Sudan (funded by Muslim Aid), the torture of male immigrants arriving from southern Sudan into Uganda (research funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust), and changing parental behaviour on the (corporal) punishment and harsh disciplining of children (through the Celebrating Families project of World Vision). Hazel has published more than 60 articles in leading global journals, has served as President of the Geographical Association, and is involved in an international research platform (called ANSER) that fosters interaction and knowledge-sharing between academics and policy-makers on social health and human rights issues.

Industry Expertise (2)

Writing and Editing


Accomplishments (3)

PEACE Foundation Global Woman Award (professional)


London Design Gold Award (professional)


1000 Influential Londoner 2016 (professional)


Education (5)

University of Sussex: BA, Geography, African and Asian Studies 1976

University of Birmingham: MA, West African Studies 1978

University of Birmingham: PhD, Geography/West African Studies 1984

Thesis title: The traditional marketing network in The Gambia, West Africa, with special reference to foodstuffs.

Institute of Learning and Teaching: Learning and Teaching Certificate 2001

Royal Geographical Society: Chartered Geographer (CGeog) 2009

Affiliations (3)

  • Royal Geographical Society : Fellow
  • Geographical Association : Member
  • International Geographical Union (Commission on Gender) : Member

Media Mentions (3)

UCT helps document Africa’s ‘biggest refugee crisis’

University of Cape Town  online


The collaborative research project was undertaken by Dr Helen Liebling (lead researcher) and Professor Hazel Barrett from Coventry University, and the University of Cape Town (UCT), with Professor Lillian Artz, director of UCT’s Gender, Health and Justice Research Centre. They were assisted by Faddy Gladys Canogura, director at the Kitgum Women’s Peace Initiative, a non-government organisation located in northern Uganda.

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Doctors, nurses and teachers ‘still fear raising alarm over FGM’

Evening Standard  online


Professor Hazel Barrett, an expert in FGM, has developed an app to give professionals the confidence to flag up their concerns if they think a girl is at risk of being cut. She said that despite campaigns, many professionals are still unaware of their legal responsibilities, nervous about how to broach the issue, and concerned about being called racist and rejected by communities they work with.

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Votes for women: Pardoning suffragettes 'complicated'

BBC News  online


University professor Hazel Barrett, whose grandmother supported the suffragette movement, said people of all classes got involved, adding: "Just look at them, ordinary women".

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Articles (5)

Transforming social norms to end FGM in the EU: an evaluation of the REPLACE Approach

Reproductive Health

Despite numerous campaigns and interventions to end female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice persists across the world, including the European Union (EU). Previous interventions have focused mainly on awareness raising and legislation aimed at criminalizing the practice. Limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of interventions due in part to the lack of systematic evaluation of projects. This paper presents an evaluation of the REPLACE Approach, which is a new methodology for tackling FGM based on community-based behaviour change and intervention evaluation.

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Sexual and gender-based violence and torture experiences of Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda: health and justice responses

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

This British Academy/Leverhulme-funded research (Grant number: SG170394) investigated the experiences and impact of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and torture on South Sudanese refugees’ health and rights and the responses of health and justice services in Northern Uganda.

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The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – migration matrix: The case of the Arab League Region

Health Care for Women International

The movement of people from and to countries and regions with different Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevalence and practices and the implications for the elimination of FGM are under researched. In this article, we intend to examine the factors that support or deter Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the context of internal, regional and international migration in and from countries in the Arab League Region. We selected the Arab League Region as the focus of this article as it contains countries with some of the highest FGM adult prevalence rates in the world, as well as countries where FGM is not traditionally performed.

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“Should I Stay, or Should I Go?”: The Experiences of, and Choices Available to Women of South Asian Heritage Living in the UK When Leaving a Relationship of Choice Following Intimate Partner Violence

Social Sciences

Researching South Asian women who have departed social norms and married outside the social conventions of their culture widens our understanding and knowledge on the topic of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). This paper will investigate how the women participating in the research navigated the socialisation of arranged marriage and expectations on them as women, and how this influenced their decisions to remain in violent and abusive relationships. Often without family support or the “safety net” of an arranged marriage, the women stayed in abusive relationships longer than they would have done if the marriage had been arranged.

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South Sudanese Refugee Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Torture: Health and Justice Service Responses in Northern Uganda

International journal of environmental research and public health

This British Academy/Leverhulme-funded research investigated the health and justice service responses to the needs of South Sudanese refugees living in refugee settlements in Northern Uganda who had been subjected to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and torture. It involved the collection and thematic analysis of the narratives of 20 men and 41 women who were refugee survivors of SGBV and torture, including their experiences in South Sudan, their journeys to Uganda and experiences in refugee settlements, in particular their access to health and justice services.

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