ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND HEAD OF STRATEGIC RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (ESRF)
Fortunata Songora Makene
Fortunata Songora Makene is an Associate Professor of sociology, Senior Researcher and Head of Strategic Research and Publications at ESRF. She has taught Sociology, Global Studies and Women Studies in the United States. Fortunata worked at ESRF in the 1990s and she was in the secretariat that crafted the Development Vision 2025 for Tanzania. In the USA she managed the Commission on Status of Women for St. Cloud State University and East African immigrant experience in the United States research project at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are social protection and human rights (specifically children rights and women’s rights), globalization and development, immigration, sociology of law, and transnational institutions (international finance, governmental and nongovernmental organizations). In particular, her work is rooted primarily in sociology, but incorporates important elements of law and anthropology. To date, her research has focused on how laws and policies are experienced on the ground by vulnerable populations, especially children in non-industrialized countries. She is currently managing various research projects using qualitative and quantitative methodologies.