Begoña Leyra Fatou

PhD in Social Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) with a Master’s in Gender and Development from the Complutense Institute for International Studies (ICEI-UCM) and Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Degree in Social Work from the Complutense University of Madrid. She currently works as Associate Professor in the Social Work and Social Services Department (Faculty of Social Work) at the UCM and is the Director of the Gender Unit at School of Governance (EG-UCM) and the Vice-Dean for International Affairs in the Faculty of Social Work. She has carried out research visits at several universities and participated in research projects and development cooperation in several Latin American countries where she has resided for more than 5 years. She participates as a teacher in postgraduate courses for different academic, university and professional institutions including IUDC-UCM, Diplomatic School, AECID, Red Cross and AACID. Since 2002, she has been co-founder and associate member of GENERA (Feminist Women´s Network for Gender Equity in Development). She is the Director of the Master’s in Gender and Development, Master’s in Childhood and Adolescence Policies and Director of the Permanent Training Diploma Gender Perspective, Education and Government taught in EG-UCM, and a member of the Quality Committee at the Master in Strategies and Technologies for Development: Cooperation in a Changing World taught at the UCM in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). Her research focuses on gender and childhood anthropology, and she also investigates gender and development issues, kinship anthropology as well as social services organization, management and planning.