Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Georgina Yaa Oduro is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She is also the current Director of the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD) at the same University.
She had her first degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Ghana- Legon, Masters from the University of Westminster in London and PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Dr. Oduro’s PhD focused on Gender relations, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education from a youth culture perspective. This study has informed her research interest in Gender Issues, Violence, Sexuality, Youth Cultures, Marginalized populations, and Popular Culture. She also has expertise in qualitative research methodologies. She has recently moved into the domain of race and ethnicity as well as Sociology of Work and Occupation.
She has won a number of awards and fellowships with the latest being the Takemi Fellowship in International Health (2016-2017) at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard University, Boston, USA) during which she researched child prostitution in Ghana. She has further conducted research on Abortion and the sexual lives of vulnerable populations including street youth. Dr. Oduro has a number of publications to her credit with some featuring in the Palgrave Handbook for Sexuality Education (2017) as well as the Routledge International Handbook for Sex Industry research (2019) and the Routledge Handbook for African Queer Studies (2020). She served as the co-ordinator for Advocacy and Outreach at the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (Cegrad) of the University of Cape Coast from 2018 to 2019.
She is currently a Principal Investigator on a three member research team undertaking CODESRIA’s Meaning Making Research (MRI-2019/2020) Project on Lived Experiences of Mixed Race individuals in Ghana and Canada. She is also a co-investigator with the Ghana team of the ambitious UKRI/GCRF funded multi-country and multi-disciplinary 5-year research project on Ocean Health known as the ‘One Ocean Hub - OOH’ Research project. She leads the Research Package 5 aspect of the research in Ghana which focuses on the ethnography of tangible and intangible heritage in ocean governance as well as gender and youth cultures among coastal communities. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociology and also supervises and examines graduate thesis at both the Masters and PhD levels. Dr. Oduro serves on a number of Boards and Committees within and outside the University of Cape Coast.