Dr. Zosa Gruber (nee De Sas Kropiwnicki)

Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist

Dr. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki-Gruber is a Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist at BCCIC. She has a doctorate in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford, as well as two Masters degrees in Political Science and Social Policy from Leeds University and Rhodes University, respectively. Zosa has accrued 15 years of experience in research, evaluation, and policy analysis in developing, transitional, and emergency contexts in South East Europe, Central Asia, West Africa, and Southern Africa. Zosa has worked for a wide range of government, non-government, and international non-governmental organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, UNODC, IOM, Save the Children, Family for Every Child, and others. Her work has centred on human rights, empowerment, and social justice in the child protection, gender, and equity sectors. She has sought to prevent and respond to discrimination, social exclusion, and violence experienced by vulnerable and marginalized women, youth, and children. Using an intergenerational, equity-focused, and gender-sensitive lens, she has conducted in-depth qualitative – and often highly participatory – research on the rights, wellbeing, and agency of women and children survivors of abuse, exploitation, and trafficking; refugee and migrant women and children; children affected by armed conflict and natural disasters; children and adolescents living with disabilities; and families in ethnically marginalized and poverty-stricken communities. Zosa has also designed and taught interdisciplinary university-level courses on monitoring and evaluation, results-based management, gender, youth, and development. Zosa has published numerous peer-reviewed reports, academic articles, and book chapters. Her recent book entitled Exile Identity, Agency and Belonging in South Africa: The Masupatsela Generation, published by Palgrave-MacMillan, focuses on the experiences, identity, and agency of second-generation refugees in exile.

Zosa lives in North Vancouver with her husband, two children, two dogs, and guinea pig. She spends her free time exploring B.C’s expansive peaks and scenic trails with her motley crew, applying countless bandaids and building impressive, architectural-digest worthy forts for her two- and four-legged troops.

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