Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera is the Director of the University of Gibraltar’s Institute for Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies and is based at the Gibraltar Garrison Library. Jennifer holds a PhD in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent and was the Research Associate on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project ‘Gibraltar Community and Identity’ (2003 – 2006).
With Professor Andrew Canessa, University of Essex, she is the recipient of a major award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), for their project ‘Bordering on Britishness: An Oral History of Gibraltar in the 20th Century’ which started in September 2013.
Jennifer is Director of the Gibraltar Garrison Library. Her main area of research is Gibraltar, with focus on social and colonial history, British Overseas Territories, constitutional reform and expressions of self-determination. She has presented papers at international conferences and publishes on the subject. Jennifer is the founder Director of Calpe Press, a publishing house dedicated to promoting Gibraltar writings. She was editor of the Gibraltar Heritage Journal (2007-2017) and currently sits on the Editorial Board.
Jennifer is a member of the University’s Research and Research Degrees Committee (RRDC) and supervises three PhD candidates. She has recently been appointed President of the Mediterranean Studies Association 2020 conference, which is to be held at the University of Gibraltar on 27 – 30 May 2020.