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Dr Eleanor Tiplady Higgs

Dr Eleanor Tiplady Higgs
Lecturer in Sociology

Marie Jahoda 156

Research area(s)

I am interested in the study of Christianity and Christian institutions in anglophone Africa from a feminist and decolonial point of view, with particular attention to the ways Christian women negotiate and apply ethics their everyday lives. My PhD research focused on this through a study of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Kenya, and I have since expanded the scope of my research to encompass the World YWCA, and the YWCA in South Africa.

I continued to work on issues connected to Christianity, gender, and feminism in the YWCA during my fellowship at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) at the University of Ghana, Legon in summer 2022.

Read a blog post here.

Research Interests

Feminist theory, gender studies, institutional ethnography, narrative, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), decolonial theory, ethics, Christianities in Anglophone Africa

Research grants and projects


"Christianity and Feminism in World YWCA Discourse: Perspectives from Accra and Johannesburg"
Funder: The Maria Sibylla Merian Centres Programme of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant n° [01 UK2024A]), and the University of Ghana
Duration: May 2022 - July 2022

Junior Fellow, Merian Institute for Advanced Study in Africa (MIASA), University of Ghana, Legon