Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy

University of Ghana

Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata

Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata is the former Head of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) and a Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and Deputy at the University of Ghana, where she has worked in 1991. She has a Ph.D in social science from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She teaches an introductory course in Gender and Development in the ISSER M.A. Development Studies Programme. Her research interests are the areas of gender and livelihoods, informalisation and informal work; gender and development policy and practice and land and resource tenures. She has several publications on these subjects including a book chapter, “the Informal Economy and Urban Women’s Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1990s”, in Razavi (ed) 2009. The Gendered Impacts of Liberalization, Routledge; and a forthcoming paper, “Domestic Work and Domestic Workers in Ghana: An Overview of the Legal Regime and Practice”, Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 23, Geneva, ILO. She is the lead researcher in a three year study of Employment Agencies and Women’s work in the domestic and banking sectors in Ghana which is being supported by the IDRC of Canada. She is also engaged in research on intergenerational change on women work as a member of the Research Consortium on Pathways of Women’s Empowerment.

Dzodzi is a member of the editorial advisory group of several journals, including Feminist Africa, Journal for Peasant Studies, African Sociological Review and Development and Democracy. She is one of the two editors of the Ghana Social Science Journal of the University of Ghana. She has been active in the Ghanaian women’s movement since the 1980s and is a founding member and past convenor of the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) on whose steering committee she currently serves.