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Ewa K. Strzelecka

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About Me

I am a transdisciplinary scholar with a Ph.D. in Social Science, which I earned in 2015. Additionally, I hold four Master's degrees in various fields, including Cultural and Religious Studies, Social Anthropology, Gender and International Development, and Migration and Social Intervention. My academic journey has taken me to more than 15 countries around the world, shaping my diverse perspective.

My professional journey thrives at the intersection of academic research, development practice, and policy advising. Currently, I have the privilege of serving as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Here, I lead an EU-funded project entitled "Rethinking Peace-building: Women, Revolution, Exile, and Conflict Resolution in Yemen."

Before joining Vrije Universiteit, I held the position of Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Granada, Spain. During my academic journey, I've also had the opportunity to work at the University Nova of Lisbon in Portugal, the University of Zululand in South Africa, the University Complutense of Madrid and the University of Castilla La Mancha in Spain. In addition to these academic roles, I've had the privilege of being a visiting scholar and fellow in various countries, including Poland, Germany, the UK, the US, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Western Sahara, Morocco, India, Mozambique, and Bolivia. These experiences have enriched my academic and professional life, allowing me to engage with diverse perspectives and cultures.


Throughout my career, I have been recognized as an award-winning author, with my work focusing on women's rights movements, conflict and peace-building, international development, transnational activism, revolutions, diversity and social justice, and the intricacies of socio-political change within and beyond the Middle East and North Africa. Notably, my PhD thesis has been expanded upon and published as a book titled "Women in the Arab Spring: The Construction of a Political Culture of Feminist Resistance in Yemen" (Mujeres en la Primavera Árabe: Construcción de una Cultura Política de Resistencia Feminista en Yemen, CSIC, 2017).

I am committed to advancing our understanding of complex global issues, advocating for women's rights and social justice, and contributing to positive societal change, peace-building and conflict resolution through my academic and research endeavours.

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