Marja Hinfelaar

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Marja Hinfelaar

Director of Research and Programs, Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR)

Marja is the Director of Research and Programs at SAIPAR ( where, among other activities, she coordinates a PhD affiliation program, the Cornell University Summer School, the Zambia Legal Information Institute ( and leader researcher on various research projects. She has been a resident in Zambia since 1997. 

Marja Hinfelaar received her PhD in History in 2001 from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, where her dissertation focused on the history of women’s organisations in Zimbabwe. She is the co-editor of One Zambia, many Histories. Towards a History of Post-colonial Zambia (Brill, Leiden 2008), Living the End of Empire. Politics and Society in Late Colonial Zambia (Brill, Leiden, 2011), The Objects of Life in Central Africa: The History of Consumption and Social Change, 1840-1980 (Brill, Leiden, 2013). For 10 years, she was the coordinator of digitization projects, based at the National Archives of Zambia. In addition, Marja is a political analyst, having published on the 2008 elections in Zambia in African Affairs and co-editor of a forthcoming book on Zambia’s elections. She is Member of Advisory Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS).




Tempering Transnational Advocacy? The Effect of Repression and Regulatory Restriction on Transnational NGO Collaborations

Luc Fransen, Kendra Dupuy, Marja Hinfelaar, Sultan Mohammed & Zakaria Mazumder (2021)

Special Issue Article In: Global Policy


Comparing legal activism in Zimbabwe and Zambia

O’Brien Kaaba, Marja Hinfelaar & Tony Zhou (2020)

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2020:5) 30 p.