Assistant Professor and Program Chair
Global Development Studies
Abbotsford campus, D3432email Geetanjali
Dr. Geetanjali Gill has carried out academic studies in Development Studies at the University of Toronto, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), and University of Sussex (UK). She has taught development studies courses at the University of Sussex (UK), Simon Fraser University (International Studies department), and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Anthropology department). Geetanjali has also worked for more than 16 years as an international development practitioner and researcher in the UK, Canada, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, working with research institutions, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, donors, and governments. She continues to collaborate as a scholar-practitioner with organizations such as BC Council for International Cooperation, Right to Play International, Help Age International, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, British Council, United Nations, and Archway Community Services.
Ph.D./D.Phil. Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
“Poverty and Exclusion in an Ethnically-Plural Society – the case of Goodlands town, Mauritius”. Supervised by Dr. Ann Whitehead and Dr. Elizabeth Harrison. Recipient of Overseas Research Scheme Award, and Edward Boyle/Alberta Research Scholarship.
M.Sc. Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries with Distinction, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK.
“Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for small dry-land farmers in India – the role of local knowledge”. Supervised by Dr. Jo Beall. Specialization in Gender and Development and Rural Development, and training in Participatory Rural Appraisal by Robert Chambers.
B.A. Honours Specialist in International Development Studies Co-op and Major in Human Geography with Distinction, University of Toronto, Canada. Recipient of Ali Tayeb Award for Excellence in Geography. Thesis supervised by Dr. Janice Boddy.
Dr. Geetanjali teaches foundational and specialized courses in global development studies. She is also interested to teach courses on qualitative and participatory methods of data collection and analysis, ethics and participatory methods in development practice, intersectional inequalities, ethnicity, poverty and social exclusion, UN Sustainable Development Goals, program evaluation, public policy and planning, and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.
Geetanjali teaches the following courses:
Dr. Geetanjali Gill is carrying out research on decolonizing development practices, intersectional gender inequalities, gender norms and gender-transformative change in the global South, gender-based violence amongst refugees in the global South, and the use of participatory and arts-based research methods of data collection and analysis with marginalized groups in the global South and North. Previously, she has contributed to research at the Institute of Development Studies (UK), the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology (India), the Southern Africa Development Community (Botswana), the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa Gender Division (Ethiopia), and the Mauritius Research Council.
Co-President of the United Nations Association of Canada's Lower Mainland BC branch, 2022-24.
Member of the BC Council for International Cooperation.
Principal Trainer at workshop for Canadian NGOs for BC Council for International Cooperation, "Applying Gender-Based Analysis + 2-part Workshop”, November 2020.
Dr. Geetanjali Gill engages with community-based organizations to organize annual events on International Development Week, International Women's Day, and World Refugee Day.