Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Villia Jefremovas

Associate Professor, Global Development Studies

PhD Social Anthropology (University of Toronto)

Sabbatical:  July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Retired:  As of January 1, 2018

Phone:613-533-6000, ext 78622
Fax: 613-533-2986

Mac Corry Hall A402
Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Office hours:
Office hours: Thursdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM or by appointment.

Research Interests

During my academic career, I have undertaken a number of major fieldwork projects in Africa and in Southeast Asia. The central thrust of my work has been to develop a better understanding of the ways in which non-western societies are affected by, cope with and transform social, economic and political change. All of this research has been undertaken from a community level perspective and with a gendered lens, but understood in the context of wider forces, national politics and policy, colonial history and globalization. My work has been both academic and practical, for example, during and after the Rwandan genocide of 1994, I was called upon to provide an analysis of the factors that led to the explosion of violence and to work with international agencies in the reconstruction of the country. I have also worked extensively on peace building and reconstruction, health, gender, and research methodologies in the fields of development and public policy.

 The main themes of my work have been:            

1. Economic Survival Strategies of Peasant and Indigenous Communities in Rwanda and the Philippines

2. Ethnicity and Political Violence in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region in Africa.

3. Indigenous Minorities, Peasant Societies and Natural Resource Management.

4. Social/Cultural Change amongst the Sagada Igorots of Northern Luzon.

5. Gender and Development

6. Qualitative Research Methods for Development Practitioners

Other Appointments

Affiliated with 

Sociology and Cultural Studies


DEVS 394: Indigenous Peoples in International Comparative Perspective

DEVS 499 : Rural Development

DEVS 300: Cross Cultural Research Methods

DEVS 892:  Field Research


With Padmapani L. Perez. Defining Indigeneity: The Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 in the Philippines, Representation and Indigenous Identity, in Identity Politics in the Public Realm: Bringing Institutions Back In. Avigail Eisenberg & Will Kymlicka (eds). University of British Colombia Press. 2011

Brickyards to Graveyards: From Production to Genocide in Rwanda. Anthropology of Work Series. New York: SUNY Press (R) 2002.

"Tradition" as Innovation, Adaptation and Continuity Amongst the Sagada Igorots of Northern Luzon as Exemplified by the Dangtey: Notes on a Ritual Unique to Sagada Central, in B.P. Tapang, Jr. editor, Cordillera in June: Essays Celebrating June Prill-Brett, Anthropologist. University of the Philippines Press: Manila.(R) 2007. (Winner of Philippine Book Award for Best Anthology)

Rwanda: Geography and Economy, in Middleton, John, editor in chief, New Encyclopedia of Africa, Second Edition: New York: C. Scribner's Sons/ Thomson Gale. (R) 2008.

Rwanda: History and Politics, in Middleton, John, editor in chief, New Encyclopedia of Africa, Second Edition: New York: C. Scribner's Sons/ Thomson Gale. (R) 2008.

"Women are Good with Money": The Impact of Cash Cropping on Class Relations and Gender Ideology amongst the Sagada Igorots of Northern Luzon, the Philippines, in Anita Spring (ed.) Women Farmers and Commercial Ventures: Increasing Food Security in Developing Countries. Directions in Applied Anthropology Series. Boulder & London: Lynne Rienner. (R) 2000.

Determinants of the Permethrine Impregnated Bednets (PIB) in the Republic of Benin: The Role of Women in the Acquisition and Utilization of PIBs, with S.Rashed, H.Johnson, P.Dongier, R.Moreau, C.Lee, J.Lambert and C.Scaeffer. Social Sciences and Medicine (R) 2000. (Award winning article)

Contested Identities: Power and the Fictions of Ethnicity, Ethnography and History in Rwanda Anthropologica, Vol 39 (1 and 2), 1997. (R) 1997.

Loose Women, Virtuous Wives and Timid Virgins: Gender and the Control of Resources in Rwanda. Canadian Journal of African Studies 25 (3): 378-395. 1991.