At SAIPAR, Marja Hinfelaar is the Director of Research and Programs (www.saipar.org) where, among other activities, she coordinates an affiliation program, the Cornell University Summer School, the Zambia Legal Information Institute (www.zambialii.org) and is a leader research on various research projects. Hinfelaar produced the Open Society Foundation report on ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ON THE IMPACT OF LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTES IN ZIMBABWE AND SOUTH AFRICA, https://www.africanlii.org/UserStudy At ZambiaLII she works with Tinenenji Banda (JSD, Cornell University), the head of SAIPAR's Legal Unit.
Marja 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 coordinating a longitudinal study on political party dynamics at the constituency level in the run-up to the 2011 elections in Zambia. She is Member of Advisory Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS), UK, founder and editor of the Lembani Trust and editor of the Zambia Social Science Journal (ZSSJ).