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Dr Janet Howard

Dr Janet Howard

Dr Janet Howard

Research Associate

Area of research

Social dynamics of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

School of Arts,
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Research summary

I am currently working on a British Academy funded project which aims to understand the social norms which underpin FGM/C in Ethiopia. We will be using unmatched count techniques (also called list experiment or item count technique) to establish support for FGM/C within this area, and using social network analysis to understand the social dynamics of FGM/C. We hope that the results will provide new insights into how the practice is socially maintained and inform eradication efforts within Ethiopia. 

The other team members conducting this research are Dr. Estetu Gurmu (University of Addis Ababa), Dr. Alex ...

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I graduated from Cambridge with a BA in Biological Anthropology, and was recently awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. The title of my thesis is "Exploring the persistence of female genital cutting and intimate partner violence in sub-Saharan Africa". In between my undergraduate and postgraduate study I worked in International Development.

I am an evolutionary anthropologist with an interest in applied research. My research interests are in so-called harmful cultural practices, and why these practices are highly prevalence in many populations depsite the harm that they cause, often to the perpetrators' close family ...

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