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Joanna currently holds a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a project investigating how imaginaries of wind and sun impact upon the politics mediated by energy systems. More widely, she is interested in nonviolent resistance movements, resistance poetry, and the gender of authoritarianism and resistance. Regionally, Joanna's work has focused on Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea, and on the Equatoguinean and Saharawi diaspora communities in Spain. 

Joanna's first book Silenced Resistance: Women, Dictatorships, and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea (Wisconsin University Press, 2019) was shortlisted for the 2020 African Studies Association Fage and Oliver prize for best book on Africa and was runner up in the 2020 International Studies Association’s biennial Feminist Theory and Gender Studies book prize. The book has been reviewed in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Africa Review, Midwest Book ReviewNomadic Peoples Journal, and the International Journal of African Historical Studies 

Before beginning her PhD, Joanna worked at National Energy Action, the UK Consortium on HIV/AIDS and International Development and London Councils European Service. She has been part of the Saharawi solidarity movement for years, including as President of Western Sahara Resource Watch until 2017. 

Biography

Joanna currently holds a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a project investigating how imaginaries of wind and sun impact upon the politics mediated by energy systems. More widely, she is interested in nonviolent resistance movements, resistance poetry, and the gender of authoritarianism and resistance. Regionally, Joanna's work has focused on Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea, and on the Equatoguinean and Saharawi diaspora communities in Spain. 

Joanna's first book Silenced Resistance: Women, Dictatorships, and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea (Wisconsin University Press, 2019) was shortlisted for the 2020 African Studies Association Fage and Oliver prize for best book on Africa and was runner up in the 2020 International Studies Association’s biennial Feminist Theory and Gender Studies book prize. The book has been reviewed in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Africa Review, Midwest Book ReviewNomadic Peoples Journal, and the International Journal of African Historical Studies 

Before beginning her PhD, Joanna worked at National Energy Action, the UK Consortium on HIV/AIDS and International Development and London Councils European Service. She has been part of the Saharawi solidarity movement for years, including as President of Western Sahara Resource Watch until 2017. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Hispanic Studies, PhD

1 Dec 201631 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Dec 2016

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