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Ermira Danaj holds a PhD in human and social sciences from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. Since 2002, she has worked on various projects and published several research reports, articles and other contributions mainly about gender issues in Albania. Ermira Danaj worked as a lecturer of Feminist Theories at the European University of Tirana during 2009-2012. In Spring 2013, she was a Fulbright visiting scholar in gender and sociology at The New School in New York. Since 2016 she is an invited lecturer and visiting researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology at the University ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Since 2002, an integral part of numerous projects organised by the Albanian government, NGOs, the UN and other international bodies in Albania (GIZ, World Bank, DfID, SDC). My work has consisted of various research analysis and drafting of governmental documents gender equality, education, poverty, migration, etc. I have been an integral part of several research groups, sometimes in the capacity of a supervisor, focused on analysing unpaid care work, internal migration and integration policies, gender analysis of education, etc. I have also been member of several policy drafting and analysis groups, such as the national strategy for gender equality and against VAW and DV in Albania, the national action plan against VAW and DV in Slovenia, the gender analysis of social assistance system in Albania, of the employment national programs, of the Albanian vocational education and training program and strategies, etc. A Fulbright Scholarship as a visiting scholar in New York in 2013, gave me the opportunity to engage, cooperate and network closely with experts working on gender and sexuality in former communist countries. Being part of the Gender Studies Department at The New School, New York, expanded my knowledge and understanding of gender and feminism from an intersectional perspective. Since starting my lecturing career in 2006 in Tirana, I have designed and taught courses in Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Research in Social Sciences, Gender and Feminist Studies. As of 2016, I’ve joined- as an invited lecturer- the intensive program “Empowering women in the 21st century”, organized by the ISCTE-IUL University in Portugal and ‘AIM Overseas,’ the Australian academic program, where I’ve regularly taught two courses, “Historical context: the importance of women in history” and “Feminism today and the empowerment of women.” In 2015, two entries about “Gender wage gap” and “Gender stratification” were part of the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia in Family Studies. A chapter of my doctoral thesis was accepted for publication in the edited volume “Gendered Subjectivities and Modalities in Global Youth Migration” (Policy Press, UK), forthcoming in late 2018. Additionally, I have co-authored an article about gender propaganda in communist Albania published in the journal History of Communism 7/2016 (Zeta Books). The article “I am not a feminist but…”, has been published as part of a themed section of the volume 25 (summer 2018) of the journal Gender, Place and Culture. Another short contribution about International Student Migration from a gender perspective has been accepted to be published in the journal Gender, Place and Culture. Currently I am writing an article that analysis Albanian migration policies from a gender perspective, to be published in the journal Gender and Development, and another short report about the place of gender studies in the higher education system in Albania.