Dr JosAnn Cutajar

Dr JosAnn Cutajar

Dr JosAnn Cutajar


Senior Lecturer

Faculty for Social Wellbeing
Gender Studies
Room 253
Old Humanities
  +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.
  • Postcolonial Studies from a South Feminist perspective
  • Social inequality and poverty
  • Race and ethnicity studies
  • Feminist epistemologies and research methods
  • Gender and sociology of place
  • Social activism
  • Community studies

Cutajar, J. 2018, "Multiculturalism today" in L-isfida tal-Multikulturalizmu, ed. R. Gatt, Printcare, San Gwann, pp. 19-28.

Cutajar, J. 2017, "Gozitan Women: A study on the Transition from Marriage into Widowhood", Gozo Observer, vol. 37, no. Winter 2017, pp. 17-26.

Cutajar, J. & Vella, J. 2017, "'Contentious' politics and the production of place - the case of Cottonera" in Capitalising on culture? Malta and the European Capital of Culture, ed. V.A. Cremona, Malta University Publishing, Malta, pp. 61-76.

Vella, J. & Cutajar, J. 2017, "Small museums and identity in socially deprived areas" in Museums and innovations, eds. Z. Antos, A.B. Fromm & V. Golding, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 30-43.

Baldacchino, R., Cutajar, J., Murphy, B. & Naudi, M. 2016, "Gender and sexuality" in Sociology of the Maltese Islands., eds. M. Briguglio & M. Brown, Miller Distributors Limited, Malta, pp. 151-176.

Cutajar, J. & Adjoe, C. 2016, "Whose knowledge, whose voices? Power, agency and resistance in Disability Studies for the Global South" in Disability in the Global South. The critical handbook., eds. S. Grech & K. Soldatic, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 503-516.

Cutajar, J. & Vella, J. 2016, "'Contentious' politics and the production of place: the case of Cottonera" in On Culture. Mapping Valletta 2018., ed. V.A. Cremona, Midsea Books Ltd. in collaboration with The Valletta 2018 Foundation in association with the Ministry for Justice Culture and Local Government and the University of Malta., Malta, pp. 59-68.

Cutajar, J. 2014, Women and political participation in Malta.

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

Cutajar, J., Formosa, S. & Calafato, T. 2013, "Community perception of crime: the case of the Maltese walled city of Bormla", Social Sciences, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 62-77.

Cutajar, J. 2008, "Knowledge and Post-colonial Pedagogy", Mediterranean Journal of Studies in Education, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 113-128.

Community engagement
Consultative Council for the Promotion of Women's Rights, Ministry for European Affairs and
Equal Rights
President's Trust
Council for the Maltese Living Abroad

Research projects
GenderAction - GENDer equality in the ERA Community To Innovate policy
implementatiON (Horizon 2020)
Starkids - Malta Communications Authority

EPALE Award 2016 - Outstanding community learning initiative