Research at KANITA

KANITA’s core businesses are research and postgraduate programmes. In research, the aim is to conduct inter and transdisciplinary research in critical areas of women’s and gender issues and to utilise the findings for social transformation advocacy activities.  Research findings are not only meant to have policy impact but are also aimed at stimulating intellectual and public discourses on women’s and gender issues. This fits well with USM’s emphasis on the importance of university to be engaged with the community and not remain aloof as an ivory tower. Thus, research and dissemination of findings are often done in collaboration with government and non-government organisations outside the university. KANITA has conducted research in several areas that have largely been neglected in academic considerations for research in Malaysia. It has studied the issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment, child marriage, women’s economic empowerment, Muslim family law and masculinity. KANITA will continue to conduct research in important and emerging areas related to women and gender.  KANITA also plans to widen the scope of its studies to more regional and international research sites.

Current Projects


Research Title Project Leader  Duration Types of Grants Funding Body Amount (RM)

Marginalised society: A profiling of Youth with crime experiences: A gender perspective

101/CSL/ 870022

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noraida Endut 1/9/2014
RU Top Down USM 64,800.00

Gender and Entrepreneurship Performance: Towards a Theoretical Model of the Gender Analyses of Microfinance (MFs) borrowers in Entrepreneurship

203 / PKANITA / 6711418

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor Hafizah Selamat 1/7/2014
Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) 78,500.00

A Study Of Views About Masculinity Amongst Malaysian Men And Its Relationship To Their Understanding And Perception About Domestic Violence

1001 / PKANITA / 816246

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noraida Endut 1/12/2013
Research University (RU): Individual USM (RU) 131,000.00

An Exploratory Study on Women's Innovativeness Using Gender Analysis Framework

203 / PKANITA / 6730124

Prof. Dato' Dr. Rashidah Shuib

Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS) Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) 101,900.00