Ewa K. Strzelecka is a postdoctoral scholar at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) and holds the following degrees:
• PhD in Social Science from the University of Granada
• MA in Gender and Development from the Complutense University of Madrid
• MA in International Migration from the University of Granada
• BA in Cultural and Religious Studies from the Jagiellonian University of Cracow

She also has a Research Degree in Advanced Studies (DEA) in Social Anthropology from the University of Granada, and has participated in academic exchange programs in Yemen and Egypt.

Her research is focused on gender and the complexity of social and political change in the Middle East and North Africa. Her earlier work was primarily centred on women’s rights movement and the Yemeni uprising. This research culminated in her award-winning PhD thesis which provided the basis for her book: Mujeres en la Primavera Árabe: construcción de una cultura política de resistencia feminista en Yemen (Women in the Arab Spring: the construction of a political culture of feminist resistance in Yemen), published in 2017 by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Her current research interests focus on processes of social and cultural transformation in the Western Sahara region.

Before joining the CAPSAHARA project, she worked as an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Castille-La Mancha and as a lecturer in Master’s Programmes at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Granada (Spain). She was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (UK) and at the Gender and Development Research and Studies Centre of the University of Sana’a (Yemen). She has carried out fieldwork in various countries including Yemen (2007-2013), Egypt (2008), Morocco (2004), Bolivia (2006), Saudi Arabia (2012), Mozambique (2009), Poland (1999-2002), Spain (2009) and India (2017). She has written on a range of topics including religion, culture, gender, politics, state formation, international development, women’s rights, social movements and revolution.


Women in the Arab Spring: the construction of a political culture of feminist resistance in Yemen, CSIC Press, Madrid, 2017.

Gender, Culture, Islam and Development: the Construction of a Political Culture of Feminist Resistance in Yemen, University of Granada, Granada, 2015.

Economy and Human Development: multidisciplinary perspectives (volume co-edited with Jorge Guardiola and Giuliaserena Gagliardini), University of Granada, Granada, 2009.


“A Political Culture of Feminist Resistance: Exploring Women’s Agency and Gender Dynamics in Yemen’s Uprising (2011-2015),” in Heinze, Marie‐Christine (ed.): Yemen and the Path to War. Power, Politics and Society in the Twenty–First Century, I.B. Tauris, New York (forthcoming).

“La reflexividad etnográfica como propuesta metodológica feminista y postcolonial para otro modelo de formación de educadores y educadoras sociales” (co-authored with Virtudes Téllez, Irene Martínez, Natalia Hipólito and Yolanda García), in Roberto Moreno López (ed.), Nuevos contextos de intervención socioeducativa, Grao Editorial, Barcelona (forthcoming).

“Constitutional reform processes: exploring the advances and the limits of change in the Middle East and North Africa” (co-authored with Mª Angustias Perejo Fernandez), in Inmaculada Szmolka (ed.): Political Changes in the Middle East and North Africa: Political Regimes and Post-Arab Spring Regional Scenario, Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

“Women in Islamic Culture and the Use of the Interpretive Power of the Quran,” in Ruiz Arévalo, Javier (ed.): Guide for Gender Advisers in Peacekeeping Operations, University of Granada, Granada, 2015.

“Women’s movements in Yemen’s uprising,” in: Paloma Gonzalez del Miño (ed.), The Arab Spring: regional revolution, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, 2013.

“Culture, Gender and Development: perceptions and boundaries. The case of women’s movements in Egypt,” in: Vieitez Cerdeño, Soledad, Juan Rodríguez Medela and Isabel Marín Sánchez (eds.), Perceptions of development, University of Granada, Granada, 2012.

“Gender and Development Studies: theory, policy and practice,” in: Guardiola, Jorge; Miguel Ángel García Rubio and Francisco González Gómez (eds.), Human development: theory and practice, Comares, Granada, 2011.

“A Cultural Approach to Development Theory: Considerations on Gender, Culture and Development in the Arab World,” in: Strzelecka, Ewa, Jorge Guardiola and Giuliaserena Gagliardini, Economy and Human Development, University of Granada, Granada, 2010.

“Gender, development and cultural diversity,” in: Molina, Estefania and Nava San Miguel (eds.), Gender and development studies: the new trends, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, 2009.

“National Response to Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt. The Case of the FGM Free Village Model Program,” in: Molina, Estefania and Nava San Miguel (eds.), Good Practices on Women’s Human Rights, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, 2009.

“The National Women’s Institute’s Education Program on Women and International Development: History and Political Impact from 1989 to 2007,” in: Molina, Estefania and Nava San Miguel (eds.), Gender and development studies: evaluation and recommendations, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, 2009.

“Economics for Human Development: an Innovation within the European Higher Education Area,” in Training Guide for University Professors, Comares, Granada, 2009.


“Yemen’s uprising and post-uprising: exploring the relation between political elites and social movements,” Aula Mediterrània, nº 32, 2016, http://www.iemed.org/dossiers/dossiers-iemed/mon-arab-i-mediterrani/aula-mediterrania-2015-2016/32-strzelecka.pdf.

“Gender and Islam in Development Policy and Practice in Yemen,” Arabian Humanities: International Journal of Archaeology and Social Sciences in the Arabian Peninsula, nº 1, 2013, https://cy.revues.org/2062.

“Women in the Arab Spring: the case of the Yemeni uprising,” Tiempo de Paz, nº 107, 2012, pp. 38-47.

“Women in the Yemeni Revolution of 2011,” The Journal of International Mediterranean Studies (REIM), nº 13, 2012.

“Women’s Rights Movement in Yemen: Past, Present and the Future,” Revista de Estudios Yemeníes, Sana’a, nº 1, 2012, pp. 41-51.