Bina Fernandez joined the University of Melbourne as a Lecturer in Development Studies in July 2011. Previously, she taught development studies for three years at the University of Leeds, UK. She has also taught at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and the Universities of Oxford and Oxford-Brookes.
Bina's doctoral degree at the University of Oxford was completed in 2008, and focuses on the construction of a new feminist framework for the analysis of policy in developing countries. In 2006, she was awarded the UNDP Human Development Fellowship for the Asia Pacific. She has an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Social Work (Urban and Rural Community Development) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA.
Bina also has considerable professional experience as a development practitioner, obtained through eight years of working with rural development and human rights NGOs in India, in addition to research and evaluation consultancies with international NGOs.