Prof. Josann Cutajar

Prof. Josann Cutajar

Prof. Josann Cutajar


Associate Professor

Gender and Sexualities
Room 114
Guze Cassar Pullicino Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2296
JosAnn Cutajar has had the opportunity to study in some of the best universities in the English speaking world. After obtaining a Masters in Sociology in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London, Cutajar won a scholarship to study for a Masters in Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex. In 1997 she won a Commonwealth scholarship which enabled her to study for a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at OISE, University of Toronto. The dissertations and thesis submitted for these courses focused on gender, while adopting an intersectionality approach.
Before moving to the Department of Gender Studies, Cutajar was a member of the Department of Sociology. She still lectures in this department. She also teaches about feminist community research and gender and development in other university entities. Apart from lecturing, she also supervises students at diploma, B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. level.
In 2013 she was appointed Director of the University of Malta's Cottonera Resource Centre. The remit of this Centre is to promote the tangible and intangible heritage found in the Cottonera and Kalkara area. The primary objective of this Centre however is to promote education in a formal and non-formal way. This Centre is also visited by a number of Maltese and foreign university students and professionals who want to learn more about the area, and/or want help in conducting research about and with the communities in question.
Apart from the teaching, community activism and administrative work a lecturer has to conduct on a daily basis, Cutajar has also been involved in a number of research projects. She has worked with the Employment and Training Corporation, Centre for Faith and Justice, as well as Ernst & Young as a social expert specializing in gender issues. Through the Centre for Faith and Justice she has conducted research for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and EIGE from 2010 to 2014. She was a member of the Commission for the Advancement of Women within the Ministry for Social Policy and Gender Issues Committee within the University of Malta.
  • Gender equality plan
  • Community studies
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Intersectionality
  • Gender audit
  • Feminist epistemologies and research methods
  • Community development and sociology of place

CUTAJAR, J., 2021. The imbrication of gender and nationality where the pay gap is concerned: The case in Malta. In: A. SJOSTEDT, K. GIRITLI-NYGREN and M. FOTAKI, eds,  
Working Life and Gender Inequality: Intersectional Perspectives and the Spatial Practice of Peripheralization
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, .

CUTAJAR, J., 2021, 8 January. The need for flexbility and work. The Malta Business Weekly,

CUTAJAR, J., 2020. Lingwa Inklużiva bbażata fuq il-ġeneru. In: G. FARRUGIA, ed, Is-Sessiżmu fil-Lingwa Maltija. Santa Venera: Klabb Kotba Maltin, pp. 127-154.

CUTAJAR, J., 2020. Position paper Paper on the Effect of COVID 19 ON Women in Malta The Consultative Council for Women’s Rights 15 June 2020 .

CUTAJAR, J., 2020, 6 November. Striking a balance. Malta Business Weekly.

CUTAJAR, J., 2020. Tensions and realtion on the use and exchange of place. Theory in Action, 13(3),.

CUTAJAR, J., 2020. Women and the Pandemic. In: V. CASSAR and S. FABRI, eds, Agile. Perspectives on Malta’s Economy post-COVID-19. Seed Publishers, pp. 88-98.

CUTAJAR, J., 2019. Female accountants and quotas, Malta. The Malta Institute of Accountants, .

CUTAJAR, J., 2019. Safeguarding tangible heritage in socially deprived areas: The role played by a small museum. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 12(2), pp. 69-85.

CUTAJAR, J., CUTAJAR, A.M., BONNICI, J., BELL, A. and BONELLO, P., 2019. The Social Welfare System in Malta: Identifying gaps in the provision of benefits and services.   . Malta: Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta.

CUTAJAR, J., 2018. Multiculturalism today. In: R. GATT, ed, L-isfida tal-Multikulturalizmu. San Gwann: Printcare, pp. 19-28.

CUTJAR, J., 2018. The symbiotic relationship between space, place and performance. In: S. MEI and L. MESITI, eds, Displace Altofest. Malta: Valletta 2018, TeatrinGestAzione and Altofest - International Company Live Art, pp. 14-25.

CUTAJAR, J. and VELLA, J., 2017. 'Contentious' politics and the production of place - the case of Cottonera. In: V.A. CREMONA, ed, Capitalising on culture? Malta and the European Capital of Culture. Malta: Malta University Publishing, pp. 61-76.

VELLA, J. and CUTAJAR, J., 2017. Small museums and identity in socially deprived areas. In: Z. ANTOS, A.B. FROMM and V. GOLDING, eds, Museums and innovations. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 30-43.

BALDACCHINO, R., CUTAJAR, J., MURPHY, B. and NAUDI, M., 2016. Gender and sexuality. In: M. BRIGUGLIO and M. BROWN, eds, Sociology of the Maltese Islands. Malta: Miller Distributors Limited, pp. 151-176.

CUTAJAR, J. and ADJOE, C., 2016. Whose knowledge, whose voices? Power, agency and resistance in Disability Studies for the Global South. In: S. GRECH and K. SOLDATIC, eds, Disability in the Global South. The critical handbook. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 503-516.

CUTAJAR, J., 2014. Women and political participation in Malta. 126803: OSCE.

CUTAJAR, J., 2014. Bormla: a struggling community. Malta: Faraxa Publications.

CUTAJAR, J., FORMOSA, S. and CALAFATO, T., 2013. Community perception of crime: the case of the Maltese walled city of Bormla. Social Sciences, 2(2), pp. 62-77.

CUTAJAR, J., 2009. Social Inequality. In: J. CUTAJAR and G. CASSAR, eds, Social Transitions in Maltese Society. Malta: Agenda, pp. 258.

CUTAJAR, J., 2009. Introduction: Citizenship in the Maltese Islands. In: J. CUTAJAR and G. CASSAR, eds, Social Transitions in Maltese Society. Malta: Agenda, pp. 1-22.

CUTAJAR, J. and CASSAR, G., eds, 2009. Social Transitions in Maltese Society. Malta: Agenda.

CUTAJAR, J., 2008. Knowledge and Post-colonial Pedagogy. Mediterranean Journal of Studies in Education, 13(2), pp. 113-128.

CASSAR, G. and CUTAJAR, J., eds, 2004. Sociological Aspects of the Maltese Islands. Malta: Indigobooks.

CUTAJAR, J.A., 2002. Straddling borders: the dilemmas of speaking from, to, for and of. Journal of Postcolonial Education, 1(2), pp. 81-94.

  • GDS1003 - Gender, Poverty and Development
  • GDS2002 - The Intersectionality of Inequality
  • GDS5007 - Gender and Social Justice
  • GRS5009 - Epistemologies in Gender Studies
  • GRS5011 - Introduction to Gender Studies
  • YTH5037 - Intervention for Community Action and Development
Co-Chair, Gender Equality and Sexual Diversity Committee, University of Malta 2020.

Drew Good Practice for Inclusive Language, University of Malta (2019)

Chair and Director of the University of Malta Cottonera Resource Centre 2012-2017

Community Engagement
Consultative Council for the Promotion of Women's Rights, Ministry for European Affairs and
Equal Rights
The Malta Trust Foundation
Council for the Maltese Living Abroad

Research projects
GenderAction - GENDer equality in the ERA Community To Innovate policy
implementatiON (Horizon 2020)
CASPER co-creation workshop 2020
ESF.02.162 – ‘Y-Assist Programme Supporting Mothers, Children and Service Providers

EPALE Award 2016 - Outstanding community learning initiative