Deborah received her PhD in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in 2014. Her dissertation, An Institutional Ethnography of Women Entrepreneurs and Post-Soviet Rural Economies in Kyrgyzstan, involved a year of research in Kyrgyzstan in 2010-2011. Deborah returned to Bishkek for another year in 2014-2015 to teach in the Department of Sociology at the American University of Central Asia, during which time she completed a study of the impact of the Eurasian Economic Union on food security in Kyrgyzstan. Her main research interests include feminist political economy, Post-Soviet and Central Asian economy, institutional ethnography, and indigenous studies. She has published articles in journals such as Forum for Development Studies, World Political Economy Review and Canadian Journal for Native Education.
Geetanjali Gill received a DPhil in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. Her doctoral thesis explored the complex linkages between poverty and ethnicity in Mauritius. She has also studied Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, and International Development at the University of Toronto.
She has taught undergraduate development studies courses at the University of Sussex. In addition, she has more than a decade of experience as a development consultant and researcher, working for NGOs, universities, research foundations, United Nations agencies, European Union, African regional agencies, Canadian development agencies, and governments. For the majority of her career as a development consultant, she has lived and worked in African countries.
She currently lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family.