Esther Miedema

profile picDr. Esther Miedema is currently employed as researcher and lecturer at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam. Esther teaches in the BA and MA academic programme International Development Studies. In addition, she is focal point for the Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights and Education theme within the ‘IS-Academie’, a co-funded research project of the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Esther is co-principal investigator of the research component of the ‘Her Choice’ project on early marriage: 

Esther completed her Masters in Educational Science at the University of Amsterdam and University of Natal, South Africa. She received her doctorate ‘Re-thinking education in a world with HIV and AIDS; A qualitative inquiry into HIV- and AIDS-related education in Mozambique’ from the Institute of Education, University of London in October 2013. Esther has extensive experience working for UNESCO (Indonesia, the Philippines and Mozambique), the International Bureau of Education (UNESCO/IBE) in Geneva, the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO-IIEP), as well as various non-governmental organisations both within and outside the Netherlands. Her main research interests relate to:

  • the genealogy of, and interactions between, global, national and local narratives about education, young people and health within SRHR-related education;
  • assumptions underpinning notions of human rights and culture and their use in SRHR-related education; and
  • the spatial turn in social sciences and its application in research on SRHR-related education and young people in the Global South.

Key words
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights-related education, gender, educational philosophy, rights discourse in education and international development, cultural and sexual identities, citizenship and nation building.


Academic (peer reviewed) publications


E.A.J. Miedema & G. Oduro (2016). Sexuality education in Ghana and Mozambique: an examination of colonising assemblages informing school-based sexuality education initiatives. In M.L. Rasmussen & L. Allen (Eds.), Handbook of sexuality education. Palgrave.

E.A.J. Miedema (2016). ‘Let’s move, let’s not remain stagnant’: nationalism, masculinism and school-based education in Mozambique. In Z. Millei & R. Imre (Eds.), Childhood and nation: interdisciplinary engagements (Critical cultural studies of childhood). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Miedema, E., and Millei, Z. (2015) ‘‘We reaffirm our Mozambican identity in the fight against HIV & AIDS’; emplacing young people through HIV- and AIDS-related education in Mozambique’. Special Issue Global Studies of Childhood, 5(1), pp. 7-18.


Miedema, E., Maxwell, C. & Aggleton, P. (2014). ‘The unfinished nature of rights-informed HIV- and AIDS-related education: a discussion of three school-based initiatives’. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning.


Miedema, E., Maxwell, C. & Aggleton, P. (2011). ‘Education about HIV/AIDS—theoretical underpinnings for a practical response’, Health Education Research, 26(3), 516-525

Doctoral thesis

Miedema, E. (2013). Re-thinking education in a world with HIV and AIDS : a qualitative inquiry into HIV- and AIDS-related education in Mozambique. PhD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London,

Conference papers

Miedema, E. (2013). Re-imagining education for modern times; a qualitative inquiry into HIV- and AIDS-related education in Maputo, Mozambique. NVTG symposium. “Sick Cities or Healthy Habitats – Facing the Healthcare Challenges of Global Urbanization”. October 2013, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

Research publications

Koster, W., Miedema, E., Sotirova, A., Pouw, N., Meyer, P. (2019). Her Choice Midline Evaluation Synthesis Report.  Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research/University of Amsterdam.

Wegelin-Schuringa, M., Miedema, E., Kwaak, A. van der & Ormel, H. (2014). Youth friendly health services: integrating multiple perspectives. Amsterdam: KIT

Oudenhoven, N. van, Euwema, M., Miedema, E. & Kernan, M. (2012). Universal Psychosocial Indicator for Five Year old Boys and Girls (UPSI-5). Garant: Antwerp.

Valerio, A., Bundy, D.A.P. & Beasley, M. (eds.). (2008). Education and HIV/AIDS: A Sourcebook of HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs, Phase II (2008). Washington DC: World Bank

Maharaj, N. (ed.) (2007). Budgeting Human Rights. Brussels: APRODEVRights & Development Group

Miedema, E. (2006). Integrating SRH, HIV and AIDS education into the curriculum; a training module for education policy makers and planners. Paris: UNESCO-IIEP

Miedema, E. (2006). Identifying the impact of global grants on the public sector work force: a literature review (internal report). Amsterdam: Wemos

IBE-UNESCO (2006). Analyse et innovation curriculaires de l’éducation pour tous en Afrique Subsaharienne et lutte contre la pauvreté. Geneva: IBE-UNESCO

IBE-UNESCO (2006). HIV/AIDS Curriculum Manual. Geneva: UNESCO-IBE

IBE-UNESCO (2005). Appraisal tools for HIV/AIDS teaching-learning materials. Geneva: IBE-UNESCO

Miedema, E. & Rodrigues, Z. (eds.) (2002). HIV/AIDS Prevention and care in Mozambique, a socio-cultural approach: Literature review, institutional assessment, and case studies on Manga, Sofala province and Morrumbala District, Zambézia Province. Maputo: UNESCO

Miedema, E. (ed.) (2000). Gender equity in Basic Education in Indonesia. Jakarta: UNESCO

Ancillary activities

Senior programme manager International Child Development Initiatives ( (until 01 August 2014)