Andrea Petitt

researcher at Centre for Gender Research

+4618-471 5770
Visiting address:
Villavägen 6
752 36 UPPSALA
Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

Short presentation

My research interests revolve around how gender relations are co-produced with humans' relations to animals, ideas about different kinds of animals and the rural. I am especially interested in the agricultural setting and how ideas around, as well as interactions with, cattle and horses shape and are shaped by notions of gender. My methodological focus is on ethnography and I often work with hands-on participant observation. I also enjoy creative and alternative research dissemination.

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My courses


After a M.Sc. in "Africa and international development cooperation" at Gothenburg University (2007) and a M.Sc. in "Anthropology" from Université de Montréal (2010) I earned my Ph.D. in "Rural Development" from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) (2016).

The first M.Sc. thesis focused on policy incoherence of EU's agricultural trade and food aid in Ethiopia and the second M.Sc. thesis explored gender and work identity among the working cowboys in the Canadian west. My PhD thesis titled "Women's cattle ownership in Botswana - Rebranding gender relations?" looks into the dynamics of intersectionality between gender, class, ethnicity and race for women's relations to cattle in the Kalahari part of Botswana.

Since June 2016 I am working as a researcher here at the Centre I am currently involved in a project with an empiric focus on Sweden through the project - Changing Animal Bodies: Breeding Responses to Environmental, Economic and Social Pressures, funded through FORMAS.

I am currently starting up a three year international post doc project recently funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) called Global equestrian cultures in change: New gendered human-horse relations emerging from Western riding?


Currently, I am working in the project Changing animal bodies: Breeding responses to Environmental, Economic and Social pressures.

As of the fall 2018 I am in the process of starting up a new project, funded by the Swedish Research Counsil (VR) titled Global equestrian cultures in change: New gendered human-horse relations emerging from Western riding?. It is a three year international post doc that is placed at the Centre for gender research with two one-year visiting research trips to Fort Lewis College in Colorado, USA, and the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I am also an active member of the Humanimal Group


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